19991121 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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BUILDING NETWORKS

It’s done! AD2000 & Beyond has just released (yesterday!), A Guide for Developing Unreached People Networks. This 164-page book from AD2000 & Beyond is an updated, edited version of the network info from the Adoption Guidance Program on the web http://www.ad2000.org. With motivational articles and ‘how to’ suggestions, the guide includes:

  1. reports from network meetings,
  2. interviews with network members,
  3. articles from both networkers and those who train for network development,
  4. numerous resource lists, including a new 22 page directory of films/videos of unreached peoples.

$12 per book. Order from infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)  . They’ll also be sure to have plenty at BrigadaFest, Feb. 3-5. Register for BrigadaFest at http://www.teamexpansion.org.

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ROCKET TALK

Rocket Talk bills itself as the first fully-featured Internet Voice Messenger in the Universe! Find out why at: http://rockettalk.com
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WEB-TRAINING FOR CHURCH-PLANTERS

WebWatch I love it when trainers make their stuff available on the Net. Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of Youth With A Mission, has launched a website designed to equip frontier mission church planters and those who mentor them. Packed with links, articles, tools, and downloadable resources, this site is a Must-Visit! http://www.byhisgrace.com/cpcoaches/
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TRAIN IN AFRICA

graduation cap Victory Bible Institute (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and Jacksonville Theological Seminary (Jacksonville, Florida) have teamed up to offer a training school in Africa, designed for students desiring a Bachelor, Masters or Doctors degree while learning how to work as a missionary on foreign soil. The students will be taught how to have crusades, street ministry, hospital ministry, children’s ministry, and other practical outreaches. All students must live on campus. School starts February 7, 2000. Tuition is $500.00 US a month that includes room, board, and most all classroom supplies. For an application and a video of the school that includes a review of last years crusades, send $50.00, US to: VBI 7030-C South Lewis # 345, Tulsa Oklahoma 74136. For more information, write Jerry 24houratiddotcodotzw  (24houratiddotcodotzw)  .
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MORE PRACTICAL TRAINING IN AFRICA

Walk Thru the Bible and International Christian Ministries have joined together to bring practical training to Africa. Using the well known Walk Thru the Bible Seminars they are seeking to train one instructor for every 50,000 people. Their immediate target is Anglophone countries in Africa. If you know of key contacts that would like to participate in this training please contact Phil Walker icm2020atcsdotcom  (icm2020atcsdotcom)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE FARM

world globe Farms International is reporting an exciting development in their ministry in Bangladesh. According to field reports from a collaborating mission, six months ago, they saw more than one-thousand adults come to Christ. Since then, despite severe persecution, the numbers have continued to grow with now more than one-thousand additional believers who are becoming active in the church. FARMS International serves the church by equipping families in poverty with the means for self-support.
(Source: MISSION NETWORK NEWS, Friday, November 26, 1999 http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/MEDIA/farmnews.html)
Global Glimpse is gathered occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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FREE EMAIL LIST FOR CHRISTIANS

letter and ligntening bolt Check out http://www.christianemailservice.com, where you can set up a free email list-server for Christians. Thanks for the reminder, Jonathan!
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LOOKING FOR A LANGUAGE TRANSLATOR ON THE WEB?

Check out an automatic one at http://www.yupi.com. Ken says it’s the best! Thanks Ken!
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NEW PRAYER MAP

praying hands The Bethlehem Map is a celebration of 2000 years of Christian history from the birth of Christ through the present. This new mission and ministry tool is packed full of info to show the progress of the Gospel; the least penetrated areas of the world; the steady growth of the Kingdom of God; etc. etc. Developed by Frank Kaleb Jansen from Norway, whose earlier map has been widely distributed, you can find more information about it at http://www.geocities.com/biblesforall/
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VIDEO EQUIPMENT SET FOR REMOTE AREAS

movie camera Outreach International has an awesome compact video equipment set available for showing the Jesus Film. It’s especially designed for remote areas and unreached peoples. The airtight, waterproof case is a must when facing dusty roads or monsoon rains! It has traveled by outrigger canoe, been strapped to a horse, and dragged behind a water buffalo to reach remote villages! The 80-lb. suitcase contains a complete sound and video projection system, including 8mm Jesus videos in appropriate languages and other Gospel videos when available. There is also a 29-lb. generator to power the system. Outreach International donates the labor to assemble the sets, and travels to field locations to train local ministers to use the video equipment effectively. They provide these sets at cost or as a gift to those ministering in remote areas. For more info write Bill billatoutreachinternationaldotorg  (billatoutreachinternationaldotorg)   or check out http://www.outreachinternational.org or call 970-249-0306 in the USA.
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FIND A TIME ZONE… IN AN INTERESTING WAY!

clock Tony suggested we check out http://www.timeticker.com if we’re trying to figure out a time zone. You’ll need patience to download the software plug-in needed!
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19991114 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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MISSION MOBILIZER’S FORUM AT BRIGADAFEST

Brigada Logo Nate, moderator of the Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers (BOMM) conference, would like to meet face-to-face as many subscribers to the list as can come to the BrigadaFest! BOMMers will meet during the “Huddle” group time, 8:30am – 12:30pm, Feb. 5th. If you’d like, we could come up with some questions ahead of time and discuss them in an organized way, or we could just bring in some snacks and hang out. Please contact Nate at NWilsonatrisdotnet  (NWilsonatrisdotnet)   if you’re interested in a meeting like this and include any ideas for how we could make the most of this time.
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YEMEN ADVOCACY AT BRIGADAFEST

Brigada Logo A meeting for Brigada-ites interested in the Yemeni people (or anyone looking for an unreached people to adopt!) is being scheduled during BrigadaFest 2000. Please Contact Nate NWilsonatrisdotnet  (NWilsonatrisdotnet)   if you’re interested in attending. Because of the sensitive nature of the track, security will be high — so be sure to write in advance.
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ELECTRONIC LIBRARY LOOKING FOR PARTNERS

books The International Electronic Library, a study and research tool being developed by Dr. David Goodman, President and CEO, with the help of the International School of Theology and Logos Research Systems, is looking for assistance from those who are familiar with resources in the following ten languages: FRENCH, MANDARIN CHINESE, SPANISH, PORTUGUESE, RUSSIAN, ARABIC, JAPANESE, INDONESIAN, KOREAN and VIETNAMESE. Specifically, assistance is needed from those who have electronic expertise, especially with scanning in OCR format or those who know books and can assist us in selecting the best books available in these ten languages for training pastor and church leaders around the world. If this is you, e-mail Wendy at wludoatmegsinetdotnet  (wludoatmegsinetdotnet)  .
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SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR MISSIONARIES

A few of these excellent, biblically-based workshops still have openings. They fill up fast, so if you are interested, act soon. These are sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators and International Training Partners. You can obtain more information and sign up by going to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com/workshop.htm. New workshops are added often, so check this Web site from time to time. For information about scheduling a workshop for your mission, contact Ken at kenwillyatmindspringdotcom  (kenwillyatmindspringdotcom)  .
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BRIGADA OPC IS WORKING!

OPC logo At least that’s what Joseph said, from Newark, Ohio. He’s used it several times in the past few weeks . . . relaying it to others, checking the web sites we mention in the list at the end of the OPC protocol, and helping others get a handle on resisting the “urge to forward” all that virus-mail. Yahooo! Yahoo Thanks Joseph!
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BET YOUR LIFE ON LIFE INSURANCE?

If you’ve got a great plan, Jeff Jeffatfccstrivingdotcom  (Jeffatfccstrivingdotcom)  , would like to know! He asked, this past week, “Does anyone have resources for life insurance for missionaries or people who work in missions and travel a lot? Many life insurance companies will not insure people who travel to third world countries. Please send responses to Jeffatfccstrivingdotcom  (Jeffatfccstrivingdotcom)  . Jeff will share the results with the whole Brigada family.
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A WEB TRANSLATOR THAT’S MORE THAN JUST FOR FUN

WebWatch You might be able to get some serious work out of this site: http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com. We’ve mentioned it before (like this past January), but it’s worth mentioning again. It’ll translate a web page to French, Spanish, Portuguese and now German too! Make sure you check the results with a human who speaks that language well though! Thanks for the reminder, Christi!
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FULLER ONLINE

graduation cap Check out Fuller Theological Seminary courses through the World Wide Web! If you sign up now, you’ll receive a special $100 discount rate off current tuition! (Winter ’00 Fuller Online registrations only) Register online by Dec. 17, 1999 at the following location: http://www.fulleronline.org. (Write davemcatfullerdotedu  (davemcatfullerdotedu)   to ask questions.) You can begin work towards a degree or earn an entire six course Certificate of Christian Studies online! You could study one of these… ” MH 520 The Historical Development of the Christian Movement, ML 525 Leadership Selection and Training in the Info-Tech Age, MR 520 Understanding Folk Religion, and MT 520 Biblical Foundations of Mission.
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EVANGEL 99

Young adults will be challenged to discover how they can become an agent of Christ’s hope and be involved in missions while attending Evangel 99, an international missions and evangelism conference to be held December 27-30, 1999 in Cincinnati Ohio. Evangel 99 will feature times of intimate worship, inspiring speakers, challenging seminars, and meaningful outreaches in the city. Evangel 99 is hosted by several Anabaptist mission agencies and facilitated by Global Disciples, Millersville, PA. For more information on attending, volunteering, or becoming a prayer intercessor contact Michael at (717)872-7404, Evangelconferenceatibmdotnet  (Evangelconferenceatibmdotnet)   or http:/www.Globaldisciples.org.
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THE “ORIGINAL SHORT-TERM MISSION STORE” OPENS

The Mission Store provides a mixture of information, ministry/travel/safety gear (music gear, mosquito nets, generators, travel kits) as well as a growing selection of rental items for teams to use overseas. Visit the site at http://www.stmissiongear.com and register with the site for periodic updates on products and information. If you do not have Internet access, call 877-236-8295 in the USA or via Net2Phone for a paper catalog (merchandise only, sorry no printed resources), or email The Mission Store at missiongearataoldotcom  (missiongearataoldotcom)  . The Mission Store is missionaries serving missionaries.
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WORLDCHRISTIANS HAS 85 LESSONS ONLINE

graduation cap The WorldChristians website now has it’s 85 lesson accredited School of Mission available on-line in Hindi, Indonesian, Spanish and English, and has the first pages appearing in Chinese. It’s all free, downloadable and ready to use in churches, missions, cells or on a 2 Timothy 2:2 basis. See http://www.worldchristians.org or e-mail Les Norman at supportatdcidotorgdotuk  (supportatdcidotorgdotuk)  .
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FREE BIBLE STUDY MATERIALS

books Wycliffe Associates (WA) are a group of volunteers who undertake mission support work in UK, not just for Wycliffe but for any mission. One valuable section of their work is the production of short commentaries/study books in easy English on most books of the Bible, for use in a field situation. These texts are offered freely to any missionary or worker who can use them in their own situation – either in easy English or translated into another language. Translation is easier because of the easy jargon/idiom-free nature of the English version. Considerable freedom is given to modify material for local needs. For more information, contact Martin MLloyd3000ataoldotcom  (MLloyd3000ataoldotcom)  . WA also offer many other services to ANY missionary, anywhere. Check their website http://www.globalnet.co.uk/~wauk or contact wycliffeassociatesatinamedotcom  (wycliffeassociatesatinamedotcom)  .
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YWAM’S NEW SITE ON THE WEB

WebWatch Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Elm Springs, AR, USA has a new website available offering training schools, short term outreaches, a newsletter, and more. Check it out at: http://www.ywam.net. If you have questions or would like to email a YWAM staff member for more info. write Renee’ at jer2911athotmaildotcom  (jer2911athotmaildotcom)  .
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CANADIANS TO SPONSOR MISSIONS CONFERENCE

Missions Fest Vancouver takes place at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre on January 28-30, 2000. The theme is Celebrating the Advance of the Gospel; speakers include Brother Andrew, Bruce Olsson, Chris Marantika and Roland Syens. Over 100 seminars, 220 mission agencies, youth rallies and children’s programs; join the thousands who will attend, sponsored solely by 138 churches from 26 denominations. See special accommodation rates and programs on http://www.mfest.bc.ca or write infoatmfestdotbcdotca  (infoatmfestdotbcdotca)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHINA

world globe A Christian communicator asked a Chinese pastor for prayer requests about the persecution there. He answered, “Please do not pray that the persecution will end but instead pray that God will give us strength to endure it. Persecution makes Jesus more attractive to the unbelievers and makes Christians stronger in their faith. Please pray that God will grant our vision to see 40,000,000 people come to Christ from 1 Dec 1999 to 30 Jan 2000. For two months, we are asking every believer to win 3 people to the Jesus and each leader to win 5 people.”
(Source: Wolfgang Fernandez of Dawn Ministries, via CMDNet Weekly Update, November 14, 1999, http://www.cmd.org.nz)
Global Glimpse is gathered occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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HEADED TO BURKINA?

AIMS (Accelerating International Mission Strategies) and Shady Grove Church (Dallas, TX) will co-sponsor a missions mobilization conference, called Equipping for the Harvest, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in November of 2000. The hosts expect broad- based participation from the evangelical community in Burkina Faso and throughout the region. The goals of the conference are: 1) to help mobilize a Burkina-be missions movement which will focus on UPG strategy; and 2) to promote networking between the national and international missions movements (i.e. Burkina-be churches, Mission Agencies, and Western Churches). AIMS wants to dialogue with agencies and churches who are involved in Unreached Peoples ministry in this region of the world. For more information contact Jason africaataims-usadotorg  (africaataims-usadotorg)  . Check out AIMS on the web at http://www.aims.org.
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19991107 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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TOP 10 REASONS TO COME TO BRIGADAFEST 2000

Brigada Logo Why would anyone want to come to BrigadaFest, this coming Feb. 3-5, in Louisville, KY???

  • 10 – Take in Interdev’s super-seminar on partnership development
  • 9 – Do Caleb Project’s training on People Group Advocacy
  • 8 – Hear about Antioch Network’s experiences in unreached outreach
  • 7 – Learn what “PACE” stands for and how to do a PACE Project
  • 6 – Participate in an Unreached People Group “Track”
  • 5 – Meet some of the members of the Brigada family in person
  • 4 – Attend a “Huddle Group” with others in similar roles
  • 3 – Help your local church select and reach an unreached group
  • 2 – Meet personally with an AD2000 & Beyond representative
  • and snare drum [drum roll] the Number 1 reason to come to BrigadaFest 2000,
    Find out how you can the registration for an entire 3-day seminar for just 60 bucks! :-)

For more information, write AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg  (AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg)   in Louisville or register on the web by going to http://www.teamexpansion.org.

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NEED MORE JESUS VIDEOS?

movie camera You can still get them from Keith Keithkatidmaildotcom  (Keithkatidmaildotcom)   for the low low price of $5 each in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and a ton of other languages too. Thanks Keith!
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MINISTER TO ENGLISH SPEAKING MUSLIM STUDENTS AT METS

The Middle East Training Session (METS) is set for May 25 to July 6, 2000, in Istanbul, Turkey. The program includes orientation to Islam, (College credit available if desired) and opportunities for hands-on ministry to Muslim university students under the direction of experienced missionaries. The program costs $995 plus airfare and personal expenses. For more information and applications contact IDEA Ministries ideaminatideaministriesdotorg  (ideaminatideaministriesdotorg)  , tel. (616) 698-8393 in the USA.
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HEALING THE LEPROSY OF OUR SOULS

Vishal Mangalwadi’s booklet addresses the call for a national debate in response to widespread persecution in India. It’s available in the USA from The Maclaurin Institute maclurnattcdotumndotedu  (maclurnattcdotumndotedu)  , tel 612-378-1935 ($2.50); and in the UK from South Asian Concern 100126dot3641atcompuservedotcom  (100126dot3641atcompuservedotcom)  , tel 0181-770- 9717, and elsewhere from Good Books ruthatndadotvsnldotnetdotin  (ruthatndadotvsnldotnetdotin)  , tel +91-135 630891.
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INQUIRY ON TRAINING AMIDST ANIMISM

Have you ever had to set up a training center in the middle of a tribal area bounded by those caught up in witchcraft and animism? If so, Norman and Rikki gpfathmsdotcodotzw  (gpfathmsdotcodotzw)   would love to hear any lessons you learned while doing so. They have to set up a non-denominational leadership training center in Zimbabwe, near lots of small churches with inexperienced leaders. Basically, they’re asking for your help. We’ll ask them to assemble a summary report of what they learn through your responses. Thanks!
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FREE LONG DISTANCE TO THE USA

telephone Someday one of these Internet long distance gateways is going to hit it big. My friend Rick likes http://www.dialpad.com the best. Check it out. Free long distance to the USA . . . and maybe someday, to other countries too! Rick says it sounds better with a headset. I tried it . . . and it’s promising!
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TRANSLATORS NEEDED

Don’t forget about Uniscape.com if you’re looking for job opportunities in translation. Registration is free to translators as is the use of Uniscape’s translation tools. http://www.uniscape.com. Questions? Email Seda smansouratuniscapedotcom  (smansouratuniscapedotcom)  .
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ELECTRONIC LIBRARY LOOKING FOR PARTNERS

books The International Electronic Library is looking for assistance from those who are familiar with resources in French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean And Vietnamese. They’re looking for help with OCR scanning, as well as in selecting the best books available in these ten languages for training pastor and church leaders around the world. If you can help, write Wendy wludoatmegsinetdotnet  (wludoatmegsinetdotnet)  .
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CALLING ON PRAYER WARRIORS FOR TELECAST

praying hands Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps (RREACH) International wants to mobilize prayer support for its Reach for Life telecast, a year-end evangelistic half-hour program on secular TV, primetime, in over 50 countries and four continents. The program targets English-speaking, computer literate, opinion leaders in weaker economies and is to be shown on Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 and 2. Conservative estimates of the potential audience are around 100 million. If interested in praying for this global evangelistic effort, send an email to infoatrreachdotorg  (infoatrreachdotorg)   with the subject line: Y2K PRAYER. A prayer email will be sent that will contain relevant details to pray for. For info by snail mail, write to RREACH International, P.O. Box 261802, Plano, TX 75093-1802, U.S.A.
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UNLIMITED WEB PAGE HOSTING FOR FREE

WebWatch That’s right… Ray has found a place on the web that will offer that and more at: http://unit1.myfreeoffice.com/mfo/signup.cgi?sponsor=raymholt Note that Ray is serving as sponsor… (so we presume he gets some kind of credit from your using this URL :-) )… but the free services include unlimited web page hosting, free-for-life unlimited space domain hosting, web page design wizard, fax to email, fax to anywhere in US, two email accounts, Office 2000 Compatible Software, autoresponder messaging, mailing list manager, graphics library, group chat, bulletin board messaging, document sharing, online scheduling, technical support, and more. I checked out this service and it indeed appears to offer all these services . . . and the only downside I could find is that you will receive quite a bit of commercial ads from MyFreeOffice sponsors. Plan on at least one per day… and maybe more… from various vendors hoping to catch your attention. So . . .for now, I think I prefer the eGroups model — where the only ad is the tiny one at the bottom of this newsletter. But you might like some of the other perks, so feel free to check it out! Thanks Ray!
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GET YOUR CALCULATOR BACK IN WORD

calculator For all those users wishing they could restore the calculation feature from Microsoft Word 2 (even if you’re using Word 2000), go to the Tools|Customize menu, then choose “Commands” and scroll through the list of tools ’til you find the “ToolsCaluculate” command. Drag the command up to the Toolbar and drop it in the location of your choice, maybe at the far right. Then choose “Close” to close the Customize dialog box. Now you can easily calculate selected expressions in Word! Just highlight the expression (such as 100+200*(50/3), click on the toolbar and watch the status bar.
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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19991031 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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MEET YOUR BRIGADA FRIENDS AT BRIGADAFEST 2000

Brigada Logo Register online right now for BrigadaFest, Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. This very focused get-together will serve as a venue for uniting those who have a vision for reaching specific people groups. We’re providing meeting rooms for tracks focused on various people group outreaches, along with logistics for meals, housing, secure registrations by web, security, audio-visual equipment, etc. The works! The cost is $60 (if you register before Dec. 20). Register online by going to: http://www.teamexpansion.org then clicking on “Register for BrigadaFest”. For more information – or if you don’t have web access to register online – write the Registrar, Angela, at akeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg  (akeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg)  . The event is being jointly sponsored by:

  • Interdev (Partnership Development tracks),
  • Caleb Project (Advocacy Training tracks),
  • Southeast Christian Church (host)
  • Friends of Bosnia and other unreached peoples tracks
  • Team Expansion (a catalyst for PACE Projects),
  • Brigada (well, . . . you know who we are! :-) )

    After registering, send a message to brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   to receive occasional updates starting this week. And if you’re interested in interceding especially for the event, send a message to brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   where the prayer meeting has already begun! Thanks to Terry BorkTerryataoldotcom  (BorkTerryataoldotcom)   for serving as a prayer coordinator for the event.

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    BRIGADA FAMILY MAKES A SPLASH SHOWING THE JESUS FILM

    movie camera According to one supplier of the Jesus Film (Keith), in the last 10 months he’s sent out about $250,000 worth of Jesus videos, about 2/3 of which came as a result of the Brigada family jumping on board with requests and follow- up. 92% have gone to the 10/40 window or 10/40 peoples. Keith wrote yesterday, “So, thanks for the chance. Many many conversions have resulted and literally hundreds of thousands have been exposed to the gospel. Amazing, huh?” I’d say. Thanks to Keith and his team for making the outreaches possible! Unfortunately, at least until Jan. 2000, his funding grants have dried up. Maybe after January we’ll be able to jump on board again! :-) 3 cheers for Keith and his group! thumbs-up
    (Please don’t write for more details at this time. If he receives new funding, we’ll be sure to announce it here.)

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    DISCOUNTED BIBLES & BIBLE RESOURCES

    Bible Looking for great prices in the USA on Bibles and other Bible resources? Leslie’s found a spot for you to try. Check out Bibles At Cost, http://www.biblesatcost.com, or email them at biblesatcostatsprintmaildotcom  (biblesatcostatsprintmaildotcom)  . In the USA or via Net2Phone, call 800-778-8865. According to Leslie, “These folks want to get the Word out! Their prices on Life Application Bibles, New Living Translation, Student and Kids Bibles are the best I’ve found anywhere! They also carry WordSearch and interactive Bible software for kids.”

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    30 DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS YIELDS GODLY OUTCOME!

    praying hands The 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus continues to receive amazing testimonies from around the world. It was reported in a Reuters article that the last Ramadan was the most compassionate in 7 years. Many hundreds of prisoners were released from prisons in Palestine and Morocco as an act of forgiveness. “God has finally bestowed His mercy on us,” said Zeinab, a housewife from central Algiers. The dates for Ramadan are from 8 December 1999 to 6 January 2000. Will you too join millions of Christians in prayer for the Muslim world?

    The 30 Days booklets are available in a variety of languages from some 40 offices around the world as both Adult and Kids version. And, taken from the original booklets, an e-mail version is also available. Designed to be easy to read and prayed through each day, the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus is truly one of the greatest global prayer movements of our time.

    To receive the e-mail edition (especially designed for those who don’t have access to booklets), send any e-mail to join-30-daysatXCdotOrg  (join-30-daysatXCdotOrg)  .

    To get a list of the nearest 30-Days distribution centre near you, check http://www.hfe.org/news/30dlist You can also click on “30 days” at http://ramadan.everypeople.net for more information. (Thanks Mike!)

    Please pass this info. along to your friends, newsgroups, newsletters or add it to your web-site. Let us believe God for mighty things as we join together to focus on Him during this prayer time for the Muslim world, Dec. 8 – Jan. 6, 2000. (Thanks Ron, for all the info!)

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    LONG DISTANCE WARS

    telephone We continue to see long distance services duke it out for the lowest rates per minute in long distance and calling card time. Maybe the lowest I’ve seen so far comes from a company called ATN. 13.9 cents a minute, with 6 second billing. NO service charge or monthly fee. The card is free. Pay only for usage. Not a debit card or prepaid card. A true calling card. All calls to and from your home or office (including 800 numbers) only 6.9 cents a minute. You can sign up in the USA by calling 888-487-4732 toll-free. If you tell them EC Code 10689, the guy who tipped us off to this service (Dennis) probably gets a bit of credit. :-)

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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FOR THE PERSECUTED

    world globe Millions of believers will be praying for the persecuted church on November 14 as part of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. China continues to be one of the countries with the largest number of persecuted Christians. House church leaders there interviewed in August and September confirmed that the situation for unregistered Christians is extremely tight and increasingly difficult. Reasons include the recent crackdown on the Falun Gong cult, tight security surrounding the 50th anniversary celebrations of October 1, and the government’s renewed emphasis on spreading atheism. In Shanghai, many house churches have temporarily ceased meeting, or have sub-divided into even smaller cell groups and confirm that many Christians in the country’s interior have been arrested. In spite of arbitrary persecution, the house churches continue to grow.
    (Source: Compas Direct 1999 via International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church website: www.persecutedchurch.org or IDOPatxcdotorg  (IDOPatxcdotorg)  . For information on Compas Direct email compassdratcompuservedotcom  (compassdratcompuservedotcom)  )
    Global Glimpse is compiled occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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    HOW TO USE UP INTERNET BANDWIDTH IN THE NAME OF AFGHANISTAN

    It keeps coming back, again and again. The request for prayer is noble… and honorable… and important… but the petition at the end is what makes it a bit questionable. The text says, “PLEASE COPY this email on to a new message, sign the bottom and forward it to everyone on your distribution lists. If you receive this list with more than 200 names onit, please e-mail a copy of it to : [sic] (Please send after every 200 names) Even if you decide not to sign, please be considerate and do not kill the petition. It is best to copy rather than forward it.” Unfortunately, there’s never an email address to forward it to. And if there were, what good would it do? What are we supposed to think — that by emailing Internet petitions to the government of Afghanistan, they’re going to stop mistreating women? I’ve been told they don’t even want to turn over prisoners for whom there are sworn warrants in international courts — why would they listen to emailed petitions? Once again, I’m afraid we’d better re-read the Brigada OPC protocol. When you receive an email asking you to forward it, make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. To get a copy of the full Brigada OPC protocol, send a message to opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . You’ll receive a one-page email via an autoresponder with more information about the OPC protocol and a list of websites where you can check to see if the alleged virus or other announcement is really a hoax. And, in case you were wondering, no, Bill Gates doesn’t have software that pays you if you forward any emails. :-) “A Lump of Coal” is a lie, there’s no free trip to Disney world, and, as far as we know, nobody’s liver has actually been harvested from an iced-down body in a bathtub. :-) Whew! Who thinks these things up?! :-)

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    APPLIED CROSS-CULTURAL MUSIC COURSE

    musical notes The SIL Ethnomusicology Department is teaching their Applied Ethnomusicology course (MUMIN 590) during the short winter term at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, January 10-14, 2000. This course provides the philosophy and tools for cross-cultural music ministry and can be taken by missionaries without formal musical training. Areas covered include teaching other missionaries about music and missions, music ministry program planning and strategies, music workshops, project management styles, working within the context of a mission and strategies for dissemination of indigenous Christian music. Cost is $374 plus a $30 one-time application fee. Class books and materials cost $30.

    If you’d rather shoot for summer courses, all three of the SIL ethnomusicology courses will be taught this summer at SWBTS in Ft Worth, TX: Applied Ethnomusicology – June 19-23, 2000, Analysis of Non- Western Music – July 10 – August 9, 2000, Field of Ethnomusicology/Anthropology of Music – July 10 – August 9, 2000 For more information contact: SIL Ethnomusicology Dept, ethnomusicologyatsildotorg  (ethnomusicologyatsildotorg)  .

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    SEARCHING FOR LIFE INSURANCE

    Adams & Associates International has been appointed administrator for an Overseas Missionary Life Program through Kiln Life Insurance Corporation of London, U.K. Many Missionaries have difficulty obtaining life insurance because of their geographical location and occupation. This program is available to any member of a mission sending organization or independent missionary who is living and working outside the United States. For complete details, please contact Adams & Associates International at aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)   or in the USA or via Net2Phone, 800-922-8438.

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    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
  • 19991024 Brigada Today

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    SEQUEL TO THE ENGEL SCALE . . . “THE GRAY MATRIX”

    With all the sequels these days, it’s no wonder Frank Gray has brought one out for the Engel Scale. :-) Seriously, the ‘Gray Matrix’ is a two-dimensional development of the ‘Engel Scale’ by Frank Gray of FEBC. The vertical axis represents knowledge of the gospel on the Engel scale of -7 to +4 (arranged with -7 at the bottom). But the new horizontal axis is ‘closedness’ to the left and ‘openness’ to the right — or antagonism to the left versus enthusiasm to the right, if you will. This does, literally, add a new dimension to understanding where a particular person or group stands in relation to the gospel. It is very valuable in analyzing the target audience of any form of Christian communication. An explanation is contained within a longer article on radio communication strategy, which also offers insight into other types of communication too. You’ll have to page down several times before you catch a glimpse of the scale.

    http://www.febc.org/roles200.html
    Thanks for the tip, Tony!

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    VISIT THE AFRICAN PROVERBS CONFERENCE

    The African Proverbs two- way discussion list requests Christians who know of African proverbs to join the list and share them with the group. The owner of the site, Joe Healey, is committed to the value of communicating Christian truth by drawing out truth from proverbs. Check it out at http://www.afriprov.org
    Thanks again, Tony!
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    HOW CAN ONE USE THE WEB FOR EVANGELISM?

    Find out on the monthly email Web Evangelism Bulletin, which looks at developments in web evangelism. It also of offers ideas for promoting Christian web sites of all types. It is part of a comprehensive resource site. Find it at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webevangelismbulletin.html
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    GRAD EDUCATION JUST GOT EASIER!

    Fuller Theological Seminary invites you to earn academic credit right now, right where you live! How? Through Fuller’s two distinct distance learning programs! The first is “Individualized Distance Learning” (IDL). These courses can be studied anytime, anyplace using audiocassette lectures and notebooks, supplemented by readings and some videos. Students and teachers may interact via mail, telephone, email, and fax. The other is Fuller Online (FOL). Beginning immediately, these courses will be offered in ten-week quarters and will require interaction using a computer over the WWW. To find out more about Fuller Online visit: http://www.fulleronline.org To find out more about Individualized Distance Learning visit: http://www.fuller.edu or, either way, email idlatfullerdotedu  (idlatfullerdotedu)   or call toll-free in the USA 800-999-9578. Those outside may use 626-584-5266.
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    MEDICAL MISSIONS PLUS

    Interested in a mission trip that combines medical work with evangelism and encouragement for Christians? Youth for Christ sponsors trips to India and Nepal that might be just what you’re looking for. The trip to INDIA will be held FEB. 17-MARCH 5, 2000. The team will serve in Mysore and Nagpur, where surgeons will have opportunity to work alongside Indian doctors and general practitioners will participate in rural clinics. Surgical nurses are needed as well. A ministry team will also be formed to present music, drama, puppets and preaching. The NEPAL trip will take place MARCH 9- 27. The emphasis will be on rural clinics, serving people who may never have seen a doctor before. For more information, contact Dr. Art Deyo adeyoatyfcdotnet  (adeyoatyfcdotnet)   or Mike Mercer mmercer333atmindspringdotcom  (mmercer333atmindspringdotcom)  . Teams are forming immediately, so please respond soon!
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    JOB FORUM FOR TRANSLATORS

    For Christian workers with foreign language translation skills, Uniscape.com might be a place to pick up some freelance work. Uniscape.com is positioning itself as a marketplace for translation activities on the Web and invites translators around the world to register their language expertise on their web site. Registration is free to translators as is the use of Uniscape’s translation tools. For more info or to register, go to http://www.uniscape.com. Other questions? Email Seda smansouratuniscapedotcom  (smansouratuniscapedotcom)  .
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    NEEDS IN JAPAN

    There are 20 million online Japanese, yet very few evangelistic web sites in Japanese. If you’re needing a translator for some specific ministries, contact tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . Campus Crusade is currently contextualizing and translating their excellent evangelistic POWER TO CHANGE site into a number of languages including Japanese and Arabic. Check it out at: http://www.powertochange.com
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    PLUG IN TO YOUR NEXT CLASS ONLINE

    Intercessory prayer leaders Eddie and Alice Smith were joined by students from dozens of states including eight people from Australia on their first teleclass on the subject “Pastors and Intercessors Working Together.” “This is an innovative way to teach people from the comfort of their home, office, or from wherever they choose to call,” Eddie Smith says. “We even have people from Singapore booked for tomorrow night’s class.” Teleclass lines will carry up to 1,000 participants at one time for these highly interactive calls! For information about future teleclass opportunities send a blank email message with the subject “teleclass” to 75711dot2501atcompuservedotcom  (75711dot2501atcompuservedotcom)  .
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    WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR Y2K?

    Don’t forget the list of sites below for Y2K readiness checks. Practically speaking, many mission organizations are advising their respective missionaries to have at least one and maybe two months of salaries on hand in advance of the calendar change. This is especially true in nations like Ukraine, where non-compliant embedded systems in the power grid might indeed drive power circuits crazy.

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    CCDA CONFERENCE IS HAPPENING

    The 10th anniversary conference of CCDA (Christian Community Development Association) is slated for Nov. 17-21. CCDA is an association of 6000 individual members and 600 organizations who are committed to reaching the poor with the gospel of Jesus Christ. CCDA conference is great opportunity to learn how to evangelize and disciple the poor and minorities in urban settings. It great opportunity to learn and network. Some of the conference speakers include Tony Campolo, Tony Evans, Irwin Lutzer, Ron Sider, Joe Stowell, John Perkins, Jawanza Kunjufu, Date: November 17-21, Where: Moody Memorial Chapel, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois. Check out their web site and register on-line at http://www.ccda.org or write Terry Riley tbrileyatwdatadotcom  (tbrileyatwdatadotcom)  .
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    INTERCESSORS FOR CHINA PRAYER CALENDAR

    This year 2000 calendar (urging prayer for China) focuses on three areas: Unknown Martyrs, Unreached Minorities, and Urban Masses. It includes historical and up-to-date information about the needs of the Chinese church for directed prayer. Prices for the USA and Canada range from $6.75 for 1 calendar down to $3.70 ea. for 500 or more. If you are outside US call or email for more information. Ambassadors for Christ is the distributor for the calendars as well as other literature in the Chinese simplified script. (You can call them for more information about their effective simplified script literature.) Email: calendarsatafcincdotorg  (calendarsatafcincdotorg)   or on the web at http://www.prayforchina.com
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    HOW MANY ARE DYING PER HOUR?

    We recently asked for that stat, and here is the answer! (“ON THE HUNT FOR A STAT“) According to at least one source, the authoritative statistics come from the World Evangelization Research Center, chaired by David Barrett, author of the World Christian Encyclopedia. The web site with the current location of this statistic can be found at: http://www.gem-werc.org/gd/gd46.htm The short answer is, 31.1 million per year, on average, which works out to 85,205 per day, or 3,550 per hour, or 59 per minute, or about 1 per second. Thanks Justin!
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    COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
    IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19991017 Brigada Today

    In this issue….

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    HAVE YOU TRIED BRIGADA‘S FREE TALK PAGE?

    Brigada Logo Check it out, especially if you have a fairly good rate on your web access rate. Just browse: http://www.egroups.com/VoiceChatPage?listName=brigada-today and you’ll see what we mean. Here’s a chance for Brigada Today participants to actually talk (instead of type)… and it’s free! Ed’s been there… and you can visit too. I’ll try to stop by myself from time to time . . . Lord willing, on Saturday, Oct. 30th) at 11pm Eastern time.
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    GET MISSIONS SERVICE & TRAINING PLUS A DEGREE!

    graduation cap Frontier Service Corps, an exciting new missions training program sponsored by the U.S. Center for World Mission, is a 1-2 year program beginning August 2000. It has four components:

    1. SERVICE at the Center.
    2. PRACTICAL TRAINING for overseas service through experiential learning.
    3. OVERSEAS MISSIONS among unreached peoples in the 10/40 Window for 9 weeks each summer.
    4. STUDY to receive an M.A. or complete a B.A., including a “Year of Bible and Missions.”

    For more information, email fscatuscwmdotorg  (fscatuscwmdotorg)   or call +1(626) 398-2433.

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    WHERE DO THESE URBAN LEGENDS COME FROM, ANYWAY?

    OPC logo This past week brought another slew of “urban legends” to my inbox. I dutifully send back a brief note listing some of the spots on the web where one can check out the validity of the bandwidth-busters. For example, does Proctor & Gamble back the church of Satan? ‘Fraid not. Check out: http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa061098.htm (Thanks Lisa!) Bottom line: You don’t have to relay everything you receive. Check out Brigada‘s OPC approach to handling these “email forwards” from all over the cyber universe. Just send a message to opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll get the skinny.
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    EGROUPS ISN’T A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION

    But then, neither is your public library… and neither is Books-a-Million. But that doesn’t mean you can’t walk into your public library or a nearby book superstore and find something useful. So… before you throw out the baby with the bathwater, remember that eGroups is publishing 10,000 copies of Brigada Today each week! Here’s the flipside: Some of the folks that have set up eGroups discussions are really doing some pretty bad stuff. But that doesn’t mean you have to go scouting out their content. Just leave it alone and you’ll be fine. You won’t come under their influence and their content won’t somehow sneak into your mind. That’s my own opinion, anyway. Truth of the matter is, they still haven’t sent a single check yet, even though they keep saying that someday they will. But hey… I don’t mind. They’re hosting our discussions and publishing our weekly news update for free . . . and that’s great in and of itself. We’ll keep you apprised if they ever send a commission for the ad at the end. Maybe we’ll be able to take everyone out for ice cream! :-)
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    SO WHAT’S NEXT AFTER PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW?

    praying hands So, did Praying Through the Window (October ’99) flit by too fast for you? It doesn’t have to end on Oct. 31st. Check out http://www.bethany.com/profiles/acode/cal.html where you’ll find a calendar that could conceivably adapt to just about any month. Revisit the content — there’s a lot there! You can make your own “praying through the window” month . . . in November, or July! Thanks for the reminder Claudia & Stayton!
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    THE BEST BOOK OF THE CENTURY

    book Now you can find out once and for all. Just write Andrew andrewdotbutcheratvuwdotacdotnz  (andrewdotbutcheratvuwdotacdotnz)   before the end of the Century. He’ll compile the suggestions and report back to us here. Andrew’s also researching which book has been the most influential of the century. So feel free to give him your two cents! :-)
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    LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENING FOR JAPAN

    On November 8-11, 1999 over 150 missionaries. Japanese pastors and church leaders will gather for the 1999 Church Planting Institute National Conference. Some believe this will be the largest gathering of church planting missionaries in the history of Japan. The conference will be made up of over 40 mission agencies and denominations that are committed to a church planting movement in Japan. The conference will include worship, training, special speakers, fellowship, and resources to equip and support those involved in church planting ministry. Pray for the participants that God might work mightily and provide new answers for nagging problems in reaching Japanese and Japan. If you’d like more information about the conference, write Greg gfletcheratmissionjapandotcom  (gfletcheratmissionjapandotcom)  .
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    CREATIVE PLUS WON’T SQUEAL

    lighting the way The folks at Creative Plus won’t squeal in your ear if you call them at 800-347-2848 (USA or Net2Phone). The number we listed for them previously was their fax number. Perhaps the easiest way to contact them is on the web at: http://www.creativeplus.com or by email BTatcreativeplusdotcom  (BTatcreativeplusdotcom)  . Sorry for any inconvenience!
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    CURSE FREE TV AND VIDEOS

    A great new product for the Christian community just out on the market! Curse Free TV filters videos and TV programs for foul language, and fills in substitute words that will appear on your screen. Curse Free TV is a small black computerized box that connects to your TV through your VCR, automatically deletes more than 100 foul words and phrases from closed-caption signals. It works through VCRs, satellite receivers, cable box devices and DVD. Cost: $149.95. Check out http://www.dallascursefreetv.com. In the USA or via Net2Phone, call toll free 1-877-CURSEFREE or dial +1-504-347-8766 or email Fritz fritzbatgatewaydotnet  (fritzbatgatewaydotnet)  .
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    COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
    IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19991010 Brigada Today

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    In this issue….

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    1999 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE

    lighting the way And we do mean 1999! (How in the world did last week’s edition borrow a paragraph from last year’s conference info! I must have been sleep-keyboarding again! :-) ) The 4th Annual Medical Mission Conference will be held at Southeast Christian Church November 12 – 13, 1999, in Louisville, Kentucky. To me, this conference is the premier medical missions event of each and every year. I haven’t heard of anything that rivals its depth and breadth. Check out speakers, workshops, displays, missions orgs, and mingle with hundreds of like-minded med-types. This is the event. Southeast Christian Church’s new facility is located on Blankenbaker Parkway, just off the Blankenbaker Road exit on Interstate 64. Details for the conference including hotel information and conference registration are available on the conference web site at: http://www.medicalmissions.com or by calling Stephanie at: 502-253-8950 ext. 4725.
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    MINI-PERSPECTIVES BIBLE-STUDY NOW AVAILABLE

    Bible Yahooo! Here’s a new Bible-study course called “Path to God’s Glory” that you’ll want to incorporate into your plan for fostering greater world vision in the local church. Its design allows for individual, small group, and classroom study in either a four- or eight-week format. Study God’s master plan from Genesis through Revelation, God’s redemptive movement over the last 4,000 years, practical ways for individuals and groups to join God in His plan today, and tons more. To order, please call (in the USA or via net2Phone) 1-800-366-9673 or (elsewhere) (502) 253-8200. Or email PathToGodsGloryatjunodotcom  (PathToGodsGloryatjunodotcom)   or snail-mail Southeast Christian Church, Attn: Missions Department, 920 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville, KY 40243-1845. Great work, Joe markulikeataoldotcom  (markulikeataoldotcom)  . It’s finally done!
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    YOUR GUIDE TO TODAY’S CULTS

    He’s done it again! Ken has assembled a great file on cults . . . and you can grab it for free by sending an email message to: cults-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (cults-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . As always, we’re greatly grateful for those who put together these super resources for the Brigada family!
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    GEAR UP FOR HIV WORK

    Get this… Youth with A Mission’s University of the Nation is now ready to train you to minister to people living with HIV/AIDS. They’ve got a new school running on the Kona Campus in October 2000 with topics like, “HIV/AIDS Fact and Fiction, God’s Character to love people living with HIV/AIDS, Spiritual Bondage of sexual and drug addictions, Pre & Post Test Counseling, Death, Dying and handling Greif, Self-care.” Now you can educate yourself and the world and take the fear out of AIDS/HIV. For more info., write Sue at sugeatuofnkonadotedu  (sugeatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF GOD’S POWER

    world globe A Chinese man was angry when his wife returned late from a Christian gathering one day. He began to beat her with his belt and screamed that he would only stop when his belt broke in two. “Strangely, the belt broke right then…”, he wrote to the Christian radio station FEBC. “My wife didn’t hold it against me, but simply remained quiet. I was ashamed and unable to sleep, so eventually woke my wife and asked her to forgive me. I thought that God would most likely not accept such an evil person as me, but my wife told me that God loved me and would save all those who believed in him. I confessed my sins and prayed with my wife.”
    (Source: Far East Broadcasting Corporation http://www.febc.org via FridayFax 1999 issue 41, 15 October http://www.cmd.org.nz/ffaxnu.html).
    Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    GO TO SCHOOL ON THE GLOBE

    graduation cap Have you heard about Global Leadership School 2000? It’s Bethany World Prayer Center’s brand spankin’ new discipleship program designed to propel this generation of youth into the harvest field. It’s an intensive discipleship and ministry training program to teach young future leaders how to shake the world through Prayer, Cell Church Ministry and an unrelenting passion for Unreached People Groups. Call or write today for a comprehensive application and information packet: tel. 225-774-1700 or email gls2000atbethanydotcom  (gls2000atbethanydotcom)  . You can also check out http://www.bethany.com.
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    LEAD THE BLIND MORE CLEARLY

    Now you can! Just grab Ken’s new file on resources for reaching the sightless… by sending a message to: blind-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (blind-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . It’ll be emailed to your doorstep. Great work Ken!
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    TO UNSUBSCRIBE — Send email to brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom)  . (Subject and text are ignored.)
    IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

    COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
    IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19991003 Brigada Today

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    In this issue….

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    TRY MYTALK AND GET FREE 2-MINUTE CALLS WITHIN THE USA

    telephone Looking for a great way to get a free two-minute phone call into the USA? Try http://www.mytalk.com. You get a free email address, free toll-free number for voicemail, and you can even listen to your emails and reply — all via voice. The voice recognition is incredible. It’s fun just talking to the system! The main downside on the free two-minute call is having to listen to about 30 seconds of ads before making the call. Hey … that’s chicken feed if you’re getting a free call to anywhere in the USA! :-) I set up an email account and the only downside was it seemed to take forever for messages to show up in my inbox there. But maybe the site was just having a “bad hair day.” But then I tried the free phone call and was put right through, after the 30-second ad. Terrific! Thanks for the tip, Macon! (By the way, Macon just did a complete mailing using the eLetter service we previously mentioned (“YOU’VE GOT MAIL: ELETTER!“). He said it worked great!) By the way, as far as free voicemail only, Mytalk.com might have uReach.com beat in some ways — since there is apparently no limit on the amount of voicemail you can receive per month! However, it appears there is no provision for receiving faxes. Your choice… or do both — one for a toll-free fax number and one for a toll-free voicemail number! :-) Seems like these are great options for students away from home!!! Highly recommended.
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    REGISTER NOW FOR MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE

    syringe On November 12 – 13, 1999, Southeast Christian Church will present its 4th Annual Medical Mission Conference. For detailed information about the conference, browse http://www.medicalmissions.com. Guess who they’ve got coming: David Thompson, a career missionary surgeon who works in Gabon, West Africa. He’s the guy featured in the unforgettable last 7 minutes of the Generation video that everybody’s showing these days (from Mars Hill Productions). Highly recommended. I’ve been using those last 7 minutes to close out one of the messages I’ve been preaching on Matt. 24:14. Gang… It’s powerful. The Elmers are going to be there too… (Duane and Muriel) as well as a ton of other workshop speakers and profs. They’re even presenting helps for raising funds for short-term mission trips. CME credits for physicians and CEU credits for nurses up to 5.5 hours will be available for taking this course. And guess what — there’s no registration fee! (However, a love offering will be taken.) For more information or for a brochure concerning the conference, call Stephanie Garling, 502-451-5317, extension 4725. Book your travel now — the “Breeder’s Cup” will be held in Louisville the same weekend as this conference. Stephanie Garling also has motel/ hotel information available for participants.
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    FREE WORD-PROCESSOR LOOKS GOOD

    pencil writing on paper I continue to watch with interest the StarOffice suite that looks strikingly similar to Microsoft Office. It even reads and writes to MS Office! Recently acquired by Sun, it’s attracting an increasingly loyal following. There are at least two major differences though. You need 500MB of space for MS Office and only 65MG for StarOffice. And the Bill Gates version will set you back a few hundred bucks. StarOffice is free on the web. Get it today. Just browse http://www.sun.com/staroffice.
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    GOT PICTURES YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD?

    camera Check out Adobe’s ActiveShare site http://www.activeshare.com, where you can post an unlimited number of photos for free and send them via email to those who want them. :-)
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    NEW OPTIONS HELPING KIDS STAY “STREETSAFE” ONLINE

    WebWatch Have you been trying to find a good solution for keeping your kids on safe online streets? I’m tired of fighting CyberPatrol. New options include This.com which is a full-service ISP for $22/month. It uses ultra-smart server-based recognition software to watch for flesh tones, eyes, expressions, keywords, etc. Another chance is SurfMonkey.com which offers free filtering software, now in the form of a 250K plugin for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 and 5, with Netscape and AOL browser plugins due by the end of the year. For more options, check out http://www.getnetwise.org for tons of helpful articles, links, and possibilities.
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    TAKE YOUR OWN Y2K HEALTH CHECK

    Want to check out your Y2K readiness?
    For business or organizational implications try http://www.y2k.gov or http://www.sba.gov/y2k.
    For individual issues, look at The Cassandra Project http://www.cassandraproject.org or http://www.redcross.org/y2k.html or http://www.y2kwomen.com.
    If you’d like to check your PCs, look at http://www.pcy2000.org, http://www.pcmag.com/special/y2k or http://www.y2k.com.
    You can get 2 free utilities at http://www.on-mark.com and http://www.symantec.com/sabu/n2000/fscorporate.html.
    You can even check your compliance over the web at http://www.mcafee.com/clinic/2000tb.asp
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    ON THE HUNT FOR A STAT

    Okay… so we’ve all heard it… The number of people who are dying per day or hour or second or whatever… without Christ. Please send the location to Bertis BCRIGOataoldotcom  (BCRIGOataoldotcom)  . Thanks!
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    CHECK OUT THIS HUNGER SITE

    hamburger Okay… so we’ve heard about it from several different sources… Bob, Marty, and even folks from down under! You just go to this site… http://www.thehungersite.com and click and supposedly they give a free meal to a hungry person. Corporate sponsors pay the tab. Check it out.
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    “THANKS” JUST ISN’T ENOUGH!

    Thanks to all those who have chosen to try out Netcom/Mindspring. Recently we pointed out that if you were looking for a new Internet Service Provider anyway, why not try them at 1-888-MSPRING. We trumpeted their great customer support, fast throughput, and points of presence (POPs) all over the USA in just about every city imaginable — plus cheap toll-free access for rural areas too! And they’re hooked up with a service that lets you do “global roaming” called GRIC so… just about wherever you go in the world, Netcom is there! You had to say “I’d be happier using MindSpring” to the sales representative. They then credited your account with a bonus — $60 if you signed up before Oct. 1st, but you still get $20 even if you sign up tonight.
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    TIRED OF MICROSOFT WORD 2000’S CHANGING MENU-SCAPE!???

    I am. Yikes. gulp Just when I think I’ve got all the menu choices to show up, Word goes and hides ’em again! Well, here’s how to get rid of Office 2000’s “feature” that hides your seldom-used menu choices. Just choose Tools|Customize, then Options. Uncheck the box labeled “Menus show recently used commands first.” While you’re there, want to turn off that dastardly Office Assistant? Clippie or whatever? First time I ever considered homicide. :-) He seems so . . . smug! What were they thinking? At least he could lose the condescending attitude… along with the menus. Why develop all this power… then hide it from us because it’ll seem too “overwhelming” to look at such a powerful program! So… just choose Tools|Options, then click on the Options tab, uncheck “Use the Office Assistant.” Man am I glad to get rid of him.
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    IN SEARCH OF CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING ON THE WEB

    Doug Salser asgmatflashdotnet  (asgmatflashdotnet)   wants to know where in the world he can find cross- cultural training online. I got to thinking… have we ever covered that topic here? In other words, say there are 3000 Asians living in the neighborhood next door to yours. Where can you go on the web to “take lessons” in how to befriend them? Where could you go to find out about Buddhism, or Hinduism, or Islam for that matter? Send your best pointers to him and please send a carbon-copy to brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)  .

    note (Note that this is one group you don’t have to “join” first in order to copy it. The messages go right on in without the need for subscribing.) Doug Salser will compile your best shots into a report for us here.

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    NEED AN ISP-LITE? CHECK OUT LIBERTYBAY

    Take a look at http://www.libertybay.com to see if it has the locations from which you need to log on. They provide Internet access at half the price of other full-service providers! You pay only $8.95/month for a fast e-mail account and great customer service — with no “ad bars” staring you in the face. Granted… they don’t have access numbers in all cities yet (like, for instance, none in Louisville, KY, where Team Expansion is based and where I live!), but if it meets your needs, . . . hey… can’t beat the price. Thanks Steve!
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    WEBWATCH: GATEWAY TO INDONESIA

    WebWatch Check out Rudy’s “Gateway to Indonesia” evangelistic site at http://www.gw2i.com.

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    BRIGADA-INDIA ALIVE AND WELL

    Brigada Logo Brigada-India is an email conference that formed just a few months after we opened the gates here in 1995. To join, browse http://www.egroups.com/group/brigada-india or send a message to brigada-india-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-india-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . To learn more about current conditions of persecution in India, take a look at: http://www.hrw.org/reports/1999/indiachr/
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    NATIONAL SHORT TERM MISSION CONFERENCE

    The NSTMC will take place Jan 28-30, 2000, with a pre-conference on Jan 27. The NSTMC is a training conference for those in any aspect of short-term mission team leadership (team leaders, pastors, missionaries, national hosts, mission committees, etc, etc.) The 5 general sessions and 6 workshop sessions cover every aspect of the preparation, the time on-site, and the follow-up. More information is available at NSTMC.org or by writing KJHurstataoldotcom  (KJHurstataoldotcom)  , or 800-636-3334. Feel free to write Kim KJHurstataoldotcom  (KJHurstataoldotcom)   if you’d like brochures or other materials to promote the conference in your organization. Thanks!
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    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
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    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19990926 Brigada Today

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    WHEREFORE ART THOU, PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW?

    praying hands Okay. Confession time. I’m sure there must be plenty of publicity going on, somewhere, about Praying Through the Window (this month). For some reason, I’m not plugged in. Are you? Seems like we should be getting some kind of daily prayer reminders via email, right? Christian Information Network is expecting 50 million Christians worldwide to be joining in this prayer effort for the countries of the 10-40 Window. I just don’t know very many of them. :-( For info, visit their website at http://www.christian-info.com , or e-mail them at CINatcin1040dotnet  (CINatcin1040dotnet)  . Now that you know I’m a sinner — I hope I’ll get plugged in for at least the remainder of the month! :-)
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    REGISTER ONLINE FOR BRIGADAFEST 2000

    Brigada Logo Now’s the time to register online for BrigadaFest, slated for Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. This very focused get-together will serve as a venue for uniting those who have a vision for reaching specific people groups. We’re modeling it after the Pit-Stops car race pitstop we’ve been staging in various cities throughout the USA. Here’s what participants have been saying (I’m not kidding; these are actual quotes from participants!): “practical – excellent – great – awesome – very informative – wonderful – very inspirational – refreshing – useful – moving – very emotional for me – good to see how far we have come – let me know specifics – fantastic – met me at our point of need in our process – marvelous – encouraging to see progress of others – effective – enthusiastic – very helpful sharing mistakes – overwhelming – exciting – very positive – super – wow! – caused us to set a time to strive for and develop working plans – gave a scriptural basis & understanding of both the church & its role in mission – outstanding – spiritually uplifting – facilitators were very helpful – very organized – very hospitable – delicious meals – forced me to think & take initiative – exhilarating – wonderful focus upon our God – wonderful team-building experience between our churches.”

    If you’d like to take advantage of this event as a venue for your unreached people group get-together for 2000 — and meet in concert with 20-30 other focused tracks, drop me a line at Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg)   and we’ll do our best! We’ll provide the meeting room for your track, along with logistics for meals, housing, secure registrations by web, security, audio-visual equipment, etc. The works! The cost is $60 (if you register before Dec. 20). Register online by going to: http://www.teamexpansion.org then clicking on “Register for BrigadaFest”. Registration is a two-step process. First complete the form, then go to the secure page and pay the registration fee. For more information – or if you don’t have web access to register online – write the Registrar, Angela, at akeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg  (akeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg)  . The event is being jointly sponsored by:

    • Interdev (which has volunteered to lead sessions on partnership development),
    • Caleb Project (which has offered to lead an Advocacy Training track),
    • Southeast Christian Church (which has a weekly worship attendance of 12,000+ friendly believers and a passion to change the world for Him),
    • Friends of Bosnia and a dozen other unreached peoples tracks (so far) from around the globe
    • Team Expansion (seeking to serve as a catalyst for launching additional PACE Projects), and, of course,
    • Brigada.

    After registering, send a message to brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   to receive regular updates starting this week. And if you’re interested in interceding especially for the event, send a message to brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   where the prayer meeting has already begun! Thanks to Terry BorkTerryataoldotcom  (BorkTerryataoldotcom)   for serving as a prayer coordinator for the event.

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    MISSIONS DATABASE NOW AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL

    letter and ligntening bolt NSM http://www.strategicnetwork.org is expanding its databases with a query-by-email engine. Currently its knowledge (1,950 articles), directory (900 organizations), and initiatives (1,255 entries) databases are available, and others will be coming online shortly. To receive a list of commands send a blank e-mail to hubatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (hubatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  . The Network also takes submissions for its knowledge base; they are specifically seeking articles related to mission problems, how-tos, analyses, and resources. You can send articles to kbsubmitatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (kbsubmitatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  . Visit the web site for more information. Finally, if you’d like to subscribe to their knowledge base, you can send an email to hubatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (hubatstrategicnetworkdotorg)   with the single line
    subscribe knowledge digest
    to receive a daily digest of new knowledge base articles. (Did you subscribe to the Monday Morning Reality Check? The author has moved to the NSM knowledge base and now writes periodic articles through it.)
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    OLYMPIC IS ALIVE AND WELL?

    lighting the wayI guess Olympic Card Company is alive and well after all. (“IT’S TIME AGAIN TO THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS PRAYER CARDS.”) Their server just must have been temporarily down the day I tried them on the web and then later tried to email them. They’re at http://www.occgrafx.com. Highly recommended for your prayer Christmas cards. You can also check out Creative Plus on the web at http://www.creativeplus.com (or email Brian BTatcreativeplusdotcom  (BTatcreativeplusdotcom)   ). Folks in the USA can call 800-347-2848.
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    MOBILIZING COLLEGE AND SEMINARY STUDENTS FOR MISSIONS

    graduation cap The Global Outreach (GO) Conference is a conference for mobilizing college and seminary students in the south-eastern US and is held this year in Eatonton-Madison, GA on October 29-31, 1999. Brent Preston will speak and Silers Bald will lead worship.

    Additionally, this year’s Vision Conference kicks off in Montrose, PA on October 15-17, 1999. Vision is the sister conference of GO in the north-eastern US. Roberson McQuilkin will speak and worship is lead by an international team. These conferences are hosted by Global Ambition, a student missions movement.

    For more information and on-line registration point your browser to http://www.globalambition.org or write to go99atglobalambitiondotorg  (go99atglobalambitiondotorg)   for information on the GO conference and vision99atglobalambitiondotorg  (vision99atglobalambitiondotorg)   for information on VISION conference.

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    FAMILY LIFE TEACHING/COUNSELING RESOURCES

    NYM Ministries (formerly Northern Youth Ministries) offers a growing selection of family life resources at their website, http://www.nymministries.org. These resources were originally developed for First Nations and other indigenous peoples of northern Canada. Short articles and Bible studies on marriage, parenting, recovery and other aspects of family life may be printed from the site and distributed after obtaining permission from David Hertzler at dhertzleatdrydendotlakeheadudotca  (dhertzleatdrydendotlakeheadudotca)  . The site also lists literature, tapes and videos which may be obtained free or for reasonable prices from NYM Ministries.
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    INTERCESSORS FOR CHINA 2000 CALENDAR READY FOR SHIPPING

    calendar The year 2000 calendar focuses on three areas, Unknown Martyrs, Unreached Minorities, and Urban Masses. It includes historical and up-to-date information about the needs of the Chinese church for directed prayer. Prices for the USA and Canada range from $6.75 for 1 calendar up to $3.70 ea. for 500 or more. Other countries should call or email for more information. Ambassadors for Christ is the distributor for the calendars as well as other literature in the Chinese simplified script. (You can call them for more information about their effective simplified script literature.) Email: calendarsatafcincdotorg  (calendarsatafcincdotorg)   or on the web at http://www.prayforchina.com
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE AT THE POWER OF PRAYER

    world globe Malawi’s Muslim Yao tribe was one of the world’s unreached people groups, but at the end of the 1980’s some churches began to pray for the Yao and they sent missionaries. Herbert Behrens reports: “Our Yao assistant took us to the local chief emphasizing that I should ask his permission to preach the gospel to the Yao. ‘He will ask you “What is your name, and what do you want from us?”‘. When he did I replied ‘My name is Herbert, and I have come to preach you the gospel of Jesus Christ.’ Pandemonium broke out with all of the elders speaking loudly at once. At last the chief gave permission. Later I learned that 20 years before, an African Christian named Herbert went to this chief and said the very same words. The chief gave permission to preach in the village square. Six people became Christians and were immediately killed by the villagers, along with the first Herbert. The Yao feared that the Herbert whom they had killed had returned from the dead to avenge himself.” The second Herbert Behrens happily goes on to report that 12 Christian churches have been planted in the region.
    (Source: FRIDAYFax Vol 99, No. 39, October 1st, 1999, Web FridayFax http://www.cmd.org.nz/ffaxnu.html)
    Global Glimpse is compiled occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    TRY THIS CHURCH PLANTING STRATEGY

    Local bodies of believers have been started using the “Tri-C” formula of field work: Contact, Convert and Congregate. For one month in the summer, volunteers train and are placed in a Team to work for three weeks on field. After their “Summer of Service”, a trained Pioneering Pastor continues on-site with the results of the saturation evangelistic campaign. A church is planted!

    The “Summer of Service” strategy, and training materials available, can be seen at http://www.i-rox.net.ph/churchplanting. Since 1986, the AG church and Berean Bible School at Roxas City have been planting churches throughout the Philippines and in Cambodia. They are sharing the resources that get runs on the board! Training materials in Microsoft WORD format are available on request, from Pastor Rey Calusay at farmati-roxdotnetdotph  (farmati-roxdotnetdotph)  .

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
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    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19990919 Brigada Today

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    KIDS AROUND THE WORLD CURRICULUM

    lighting the way Remember that 10/40 Window Video we mentioned a while back? (“DYNAMITE VIDEO INTRODUCES YOUR KIDS TO UNREACHED PEOPLE“) The “Kids Around the World” curriculum is now hot off the press and it’s first class! Your kids will be playing “THUMB” bingo, praying with included prayer cards, cooking up a storm, and taking part in tons of other age-graded activities. Price is just $15 at http://www.calebproject.org/reso.htm or email ordersatcprojectdotcom  (ordersatcprojectdotcom)   or even phone them at 303-730-4170 ext. 332.
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    DEAF MINISTRY RESOURCE FILE RIPE FOR PICKIN’

    Just send a note to: deafministryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (deafministryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and Bob’s nifty autoresponder will automatically send you a 3K resource file on deaf ministry. Thanks to Ken for assembling it!!!
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    NEED A LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCE? TRY LAMP

    If you’re in the business for learning another language, better take along a LAMP book. In 1981, my wife and I were able to take the LAMP course directly from Tom and Betty Sue Brewster and I loved it!!! It taught me how to walk from store to store in the markets of Montevideo and 9 months later, I could carry on a relatively fluent conversation in Spanish. LAMP gives you most of the tools and skills you need to set up your own language learning approach. Couple it with an outgoing personality and within 9 months, working 8-10 hours/day among a host culture that speaks your target language, you can become fluent in just about any language on earth. It’s work — but guess what: It’ll help you become effective. Visit http://www.instantweb.com/l/linguahouse to learn more.
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    LATEST TROJAN CARRIES MICROSOFT “FROM:” ADDRESS

    virus Seems you can’t trust anybody these days… at least you can’t trust the “From:” address in the email, that is. On Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 15, a Trojan email hoax appeared on the Internet. (Trojan emails carry attached files that do woeful things to those who execute them.) Learn more about this one at: http://www.microsoft.com/y2k/hoax/hoax2.htm or read the Network Associates write-up at http://www.vil.nai.com/vil/tro10358.asp. The way it works is you get an email from Microsoft (at least that’s what it looks like) offering you a free countdown file to the year 2000. Apparently, after executing the file, the writer of the hoax gets copies of your username and password. Gulp.gulp So again.. bottom line… “Just say no!” Don’t ever execute attached files. Period. Nunca. :-) And thanks for the tip, David, at Personal Computing, Inc. dporteratperscompdotcom  (dporteratperscompdotcom)  !
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    HOW DO YOU TAKE GOODS TO/COMMUNICATE FROM THE FIELD?

    That’s what Larry Wincklesataoldotcom  (Wincklesataoldotcom)   would like to know. He’s getting his family ready for service overseas and wants to do it right. What kind of luggage or shipping containers do you use to take your goods to the field? Drop him a note and he’ll compile the results for all of us to read here at Brigada. Don’t forget to supply him with web sites or phone numbers if you’ve got a best supplier. Oh… and by the way… if you’ve got a favorite way of using the Internet to stay in touch with supporters, friends and family, throw that in too. He’ll collect that info. as well. Thanks!
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    PASTORS AND PRAYER LEADERS PRAY POWERFULLY

    Find out more at http://www.nppn.org, where you can connect with pastors, prayer leaders, and resourcers from around the world. If you don’t have web access, just send an email with “subscribe” in the subject line to subscrbieatnppndotorg and you’ll be added to the mailing list.
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM AN AUDIO WORLD

    world globe Missions leaders write: “Gospel Recordings in its quiet way has, more than almost any other mission, cracked the granite bolder of global ignorance of God’s word.” … “Illiteracy, lack of resident believers or lack of missionaries speaking their languages did not prevent the truth being given to unevangelized peoples… This tool has often been the means by which totally unevangelized peoples first hear the gospel.” … “I have personally seen in 64 countries the effective ministry of this unique outreach. Millions upon millions of people today know Jesus Christ because of GRN, especially in the often neglected remote areas of the world.”
    (Source: 9/10/00 [sic], ASSIST COMMUNICATIONS, PO Box 2126, Garden Grove, CA 92842-2126, E-mail: assistcommatcsdotcom  (assistcommatcsdotcom)  . Gospel Recordings web page: http://www.Gospelrecordings.com. To receive Assist email send the following message to listservatsheperddotcom  (listservatsheperddotcom)  :
    join assist1
    quit
    (Global Glimpse is assembled occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)
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    IT’S TIME AGAIN TO THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS PRAYER CARDS

    Every year I dreaded having to think about Christmas card preparation. I would see all the great prayer cards from missionaries all around the world and feel guilty because I couldn’t afford it, didn’t know how to do it, or just plain didn’t make the time. Then last year I discovered a great card-maker named Olympic. Check out a scanned in copy of the prayer card they did last year for our family at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/resources/occprayercards.htm Here’s my under-the-table motivation. This way you can see how beautiful my wife is. :-) I just sent them the text and the picture and they took care of the rest. They even sent me those double-stick magnets for the back so I could get “refrigerator space!”)! Trouble is… they’ve vanished from the web. Do you know of a great Christmas Prayer Card producer? If so, please post them to our “Links” site by going to: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/Links?autocreate=1
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    PRAY WITH A WORLD-FULL OF OTHERS

    praying hands The annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will be observed Nov. 14. A promotion kit is available at 303-850-7720 (USA) or http://www.persecutedchurch.org.

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    LEARN MORE ABOUT BUDDHISTS

    Information and resources for outreach to Tibetan Buddhists is available through the Network for Strategic Missions. See http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.php3?loc=rg&rg=TIB. We heard about this site in “Advance!” by Mark Kelly. To subscribe, send an e-mail to subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  . It’s free! Back issues of “Advance!” are archived at the Brigada website http://www.brigada.org, where a search engine is available.
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    MEDICAL MISSIONS PLUS

    syringe Interested in a mission trip that combines medical work with evangelism and encouragement for Christians? Youth for Christ sponsors trips to India and Nepal that might be just what you’re looking for. The trip to India will be held Feb. 17-March 5, 2000. The team will serve in Mysore and Nagpur, where surgeons will have opportunity to work alongside Indian doctors and general practitioners will participate in rural clinics. Surgical nurses are needed as well. A ministry team will also be formed to present music, drama, puppets and preaching. The Nepal trip will take place March 9-27. The emphasis will be on rural clinics, serving people who may never have seen a doctor before. For more information, contact Dr. Art Deyo by email at adeyoatyfcdotnet  (adeyoatyfcdotnet)   or Mike Mercer at mmercer333atmindspringdotcom  (mmercer333atmindspringdotcom)  . Teams are formed by the end of October, so please respond soon!
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    MID-ATLANTIC CHURCHES CAN ADOPT THE UNREACHED

    The Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and the US Center for World Mission are holding an East Coast training conference on unreached people group adoptions. If your church is considering this strategy or just beginning to implement an adoption, this is for you! Dates are October 14-16 in Philadelphia. For registration information contact careyaapcatjunodotcom  (careyaapcatjunodotcom)  .
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    AN INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR PRAYER

    praying hands The Missions Commission of the World Evangelical Fellowship will convene a global missiological consultation in Brazil October 10-16, 1999. The venue for these events is the historic city of Foz de Iguassu. The conference hotel is just a few kilometers from the Iguassu Falls, featured in the film, “The Mission,” which is the landmark where opposing 18th century global forces met and profoundly influenced the course of mission. This global gathering comes 25 years after the historic 1974 Lausanne Congress/Covenant that has so influenced recent missions history. The consultation will produce the “Iguassu Covenant”, a missiological statement that will help provide direction for the church and its mission as we enter the 21st Century. Some 170 missions practitioners and missiologists will attend from 54 countries. Organizers are calling on the Brigada family to intercede for participants as they seek the face of the living God and anticipate meeting Him on this strategic ground. For further information, a detailed program, or how to be a “virtual” participant via the Internet, write Bill Taylor at wdtayloratCompuservedotcom  (wdtayloratCompuservedotcom)  .
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    ASKAMISSIONARY GAINING MOMENTUM

    letter and ligntening bolt Check out this email newsletter that helps prospective and experienced missionaries exchange questions and answers about how to become a missionary. Special topics include selecting an agency and support-raising, with tentmaking and “the call” upcoming. To join 400 other readers, send email to subscribe-askamissionaryatxcdotorg  (subscribe-askamissionaryatxcdotorg)  .
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    Y2K RADIO SPOTS

    The Public Media Division of United Methodist Communications has released more than 12,000 copies of a series of radio spots “Y2K: Claiming the new millennium with hope–not fear.” The spots feature a variety of musical formats to remind people that, no matter the circumstances, “we’re safe in the same hands that hung the stars and placed each grain of sand.” radioatumcomdotumcdotorg  (radioatumcomdotumcdotorg)  
    (Inside NRB Sept. 16, 1999)
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    TRAIN & MULTIPLY COMPLETE SAMPLE SET

    Ian of the Missionary Training Service in London, UK, has just written to say that they are now sending out complete sample sets of the unique pastoral training materials for church multiplication designed originally by George Patterson, at US$68 each (previously US$95). Furthermore, if anyone cannot afford this, they will make a deal to suit anyone’s financial situation. The materials have been used to begin many churches in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Originals and diskettes are also available. To order your set please contact Ian at coordmtsatxcdotorg  (coordmtsatxcdotorg)  .
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    SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP

    World Team is sponsoring this very helpful workshop for missionaries in Warrington, PA, November 1-5. It is open to all missionaries, and costs are kept at a minimum. For more information about this workshop, contact Joel Dingeldein at joelatwoldteamdotorg  (joelatwoldteamdotorg)  . Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com to learn more about the Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops, and for a list of those provided in other locations.
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    IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19990912 Brigada Today

    Now with 9395 participants!
    Doug’s just in from Kosovo!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    WHERE DO YOU SEE BRIGADA LINKS?

    Brigada Logo Simple. Just copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/Links?autocreate=1 In case you’re at another computer and don’t have that link book marked, just remember that you can click to: http://www.brigada.org then click on “Other Mission Web Sites” Add your mission org. or resource page there today! It’s compiled “real-time” so you’ll see your link there immediately after adding it. Please be sure and try to pick out (or create) an appropriate folder. I’ve got to make time to do some reshuffling to get that page organized!
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    NOW YOU CAN READ SECRET AGENT REPORTS

    Well… practically. Just point your browser to http://www.stratfor.com/ and you’ll see what I mean. Rick, a faithful Brigada participant since our first month of operation in January 1995, tipped us on this page. They list hotspots, global intelligence centers, and all kinds of world news. In fact, they reported the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia just 15 minutes after it happened! Great stuff Rick. Thanks.
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    PGP GETS EASIER

    pgp logo Yahooo! Yahoo Thanks to Rod for tipping us off on the fact that there will now no longer be two PGP versions required by law! Check out the news at: http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayStory.pl?990916.encrypto2.htm The bottom line is that everyone can upgrade to PGP 6.5.1 with PGPnet now! You can always go to http://www.pgp.com for more info. Thanks Rod!
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    BILINGUAL KIDS

    Susan is compiling resources and information on bilingualism and wants suggestions for resources as well as contact with people raising bilingual kids or bilingual kids themselves. Send information to sberkeatcplacedotorg  (sberkeatcplacedotorg)  . When she’s all done, we’ll post a copy of her report here in Brigada as an autoresponder. Thanks Susan!
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    GOOD BOOKS, GOOD PRICES

    books O.M. Literature, part of Operation Mobilization, sells Christian books and Bibles at discount prices around the world. They stock ACMC missions books and tapes and are the North American distributors for STL and Paternoster Press in the UK. You can’t check them out on the web yet, but if you are looking for a specific title call 800-733-5907 (US) or 1-770-554-5827, or e-mail Tom tomatomlitdotomdotorg  (tomatomlitdotomdotorg)   and he’ll be glad to help. They are non-profit; all income finances the work of O.M. and other missions around the globe.
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    RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT READY FOR PICKING

    The U.S. Department of State has just released its annual report on religious freedom mandated annually by the International Religious Freedom Act, signed into law by President Clinton in October 1998. Russia Intercessory Prayer Network has posted hyperlinks to all the reports on countries of the Former Soviet Union. You can access these reports by going to: http://www.ripnet.org/99USreport.htm Thanks to the folks at the Russia Intercessory Prayer Network for the work they’re doing! See RipNet at http://www.ripnet.org
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    PREPARE TAIWANESE FOR MISSION WORK

    Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Taiwan runs three schools to prepare local Taiwanese and international students for short term and long-term missionary work. The basic training course is called the Discipleship Training School (DTS). It is a 6-months course divided in two parts: First three months is the lecture phase, then the next three consists of travel and missionary work to other nations. DTS2000 starts April 17 and runs through October 1. It’s outreach will take you through the jungles of Papua New Guinea and trekking across the great outdoors of Australia, from Cairns in the North all the way down south to Sydney where the school will be concluded with a mega-outreach at the Olympics. More than 20.000 Christians are expected to arrive to present the gospel to the multitudes that gather together for this sports event. Interested? E- Mail: ywamtpatms24dothinetdotnet  (ywamtpatms24dothinetdotnet)   or check out their web page at: http://www.ywamtaiwan.org
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    FREE OFFICE SUITE FROM SUN MICROSYSTEMS

    Sun Microsystems is offering it’s StarOffice software suite free for personal and commercial use. According to Peter, it contains a quality word processor and office software and is available for download (65MB) at http://www.stardivision.com or http://www.sun.com/staroffice. Alternately, you can obtain a CD for under $10 (US) and have it shipped within the USA. The low-cost CD is a limited-time offer. StarOffice is available in English, German, Portuguese and several other languages. It runs on Windows 95/98/NT, Linux and a few other operating systems. Thanks Peter dsouzaatpanixdotcom  (dsouzaatpanixdotcom)  !
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    BIBLE STUDIES IN TELEGU

    All the 85 missions-oriented studies from conversion level to leadership from the http://www.dci.org.uk website have been published in Telegu. The book is at Indian rupee prices and is in Narsapur, India. Also available in Hindi from Nagpur. Inquiries can go to lesnormanatdcidotorgdotuk  (lesnormanatdcidotorgdotuk)   who will pass on a fax number for India.
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    MORE Y2K RESOURCES FOR YOUR MISSION

    Thanks to Bryan (our summer Info. Tech. intern at Team Expansion) and Georges (in Ukraine!) for tipping us that both the USA and Great Britain have released reports on being in other countries during the Y2K rollover. There is general information and advice as well as lists of problems specific to individual countries. You can read the latest at: http://travel.state.gov/y2kca.html (US State Dept.) http://www.fco.gov.uk (Britain Foreign & Commonwealth Office) Thanks Bryan!
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    WEBWATCH: IMPACT TEAMS’ SITE FOR KIDS

    WebWatch Impact Teams International (ITI) has launched a site geared for kids at http://www.impactkids.org called “Kids In Dire Situations. You’ll find helpful information about their ministry, as well as opportunities, prayer requests and more.
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    SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

    Cypress Bible Church is hosting the “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” Workshop, November 1-5. Cypress in located in a NW suburb of Houston, Texas. The SYIS workshop was developed by Dr. Ken Williams of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Please visit their website for more information on the workshop, http://www.RelationshipSkills.com. To register for the workshop contact Wayne at wconeatcbcintldotorg  (wconeatcbcintldotorg)  .
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    STUDY KAZAKH ONLINE

    graduation cap Indiana University and partners are developing language learning modules in Azeri, Kazakh, Turkmen, and Uzbek for delivery through a world-wide web-based language site: the Central Asian Language Network, CenAsiaNet. The first Kazakh module is now available. Yahooo! Yahoo Because this module is based around lengthy segments of high-quality video, it is recommended that you visit the site equipped with at least a 56k modem. This material can be accessed at http://www.cenasianet.org. Thanks for the tip, Kerry!
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    CARGO OCEAN TRAVEL FOR MISSIONARIES

    David ddaleatonedotnet  (ddaleatonedotnet)   is interested in finding out about cargo ocean liners that can board missionaries for international travel. If you know how to find out about schedules, fares and contact information, please e-mail him with this information. We’ll ask David for a report, then make it available here in Brigada! Thanks David!
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    IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19990905 Brigada Today

    Now with 9365 participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese (Thanks David!), and even Filipino! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    WE GET SUPPORT FROM…

    Brigada Logo This past week, Brigada received a very kind support check (for $200!) from Taylored Communications International, Inc., which operates International Hospitality and Tourism Services, including Hotels, Call Centers, Pay Phones, Tour Operators, and Intl Telcoms. In the USA, dial 719-687-6818 or toll- free at 800-488-0995, or fax 719-687-3694, or simply write to Garyatoperatorservicesdotcom  (Garyatoperatorservicesdotcom)  . You can also visit them on the web at http://www.operatorservices.com. They’ll be added to the sponsors’ page at http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html ! Thanks to Taylored Communications, for helping make Brigada Today a free service for all. If you have needs in Taylored’s area of expertise, we hope you’ll contact them directly!
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    AD2000 MOMENTUM JUST KEEP ON GROWING…

    Joshua Project 2000 logo Check ’em out…

    • The 10/40 Window: Getting to the Core of the Core
    • The Unfinished Task: It Can Be Done Joshua Project 2000
    • To the Uttermost Part: The Call to North India
    • The Arabian Peninsula: An Opening at the Heart of the 10/40 Window
    • The Horn of Africa: Challenge and Opportunity
    • The Maghreb: Ancient North Africa Yearns for Rebirth
    • The 35/45 Turkic Window: A Gateway to the Muslim World

    These last couple of brochures (on North Africa and the Turkic Window) are simply breathtaking! Well worth the meager investment it’ll take to post them in the tract racks at your church and give your vestibule some real color and class. But don’t miss the in-depth content too — filled with needs and resources to meet them! Heartily recommended! Order for 50 cents each from infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)   or go to: http://www.ad2000.org And speaking of AD2000, the countdown continues. According to the researchers at AD2000’s Int’l Office in Colorado Springs (headed by Dan Scribner, the incredibly consistent, never-say-die numbers cruncher), here’s the current scoreboard:

    • Peoples on active JP list – 1594
    • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1116
    • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 542
    • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 186

    To “claim” an untargeted group, visit http://www.ad2000.org

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    DYNAMITE VIDEO INTRODUCES YOUR KIDS TO UNREACHED PEOPLE

    movie camera Okay… homeschoolers, Sunday-schoolers, youth-groupers, Junior churchers, VBSers, and especially pray-ers, HERE is a video you need to order. Caleb Project’s new Kids Around the World video on the 10/40 Window is a dynamite introduction to world religions and unreached peoples. It’s fast-paced and yet filled with content. Tonight, we watched the 10-minute video for our family devotions and my 10-year-old and my 13- year-old were riveted to the whole thing. (You think I’m kidding, right?) I think it would work equally well for a 4-year-old too, because it’s a fun video, as well as an informational one. And for $15, you won’t beat it — especially since it comes with a curriculum supplement for the educational-types. :-) You can even specify PAL format if you like! So browse today at: http://www.calebproject.org/reso.htm or email ordersatcprojectdotcom  (ordersatcprojectdotcom)   or even phone them at 303-730-4170 ext. 332. You’ll be glad you did. What a great way to kick off your October “Praying Through the Window” emphasis! Three cheers to Caleb Project! thumbs-up When I grow up, I want to work for those guys. :-)
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    HAVE YOU SEEN IGIVE.COM?

    WebWatch If you work with a non-profit, you’ll probably want to. Eric was the guy who tipped us off this past week — from Sweden I think. You register, then search for your favorite charity and if it’s not there, you’re given the option to add it. iGive confirms that indeed, the charity is a non-profit (with a verifiable office in the USA or Canada, I think), then you set about to shop ’til you drop! For example, if you’re going to buy a computer from the Dell website, why wouldn’t you go to iGive first, then use it as your gateway into Dell. First, your favorite charity gets 4 cents when you just stop by the iGive home page, then when you buy the $3000 machine from Dell, your charity gets $15 more. Now granted, $15 isn’t all that much but, hey, you were going to pay the same price either way — so your charity might as well get $15 out of it, eh? :-) I tried it out, registered Team Expansion, and . . . it was painless! You can do the same for your mission or cause — then advertise it to your web shoppers. So if someone in your family buys their flowers now over the Net, why not do it via iGive!? Check it out… http://www.igive.com. Thanks Eric.
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    GRAFTING TOGETHER A LONG URL

    WebWatch Remember that if you receive an extra-long URL (which has broken apart into separate lines in your email client’s viewing screen), you’ll have to paste it back together in your browser’s URL box if you expect to get there successfully. For example, if the URL is:
    , you’ll have to first copy the line that begins with “http://111…” all the way through the section of 3s. Then paste that line in your browser’s URL blank. Next, copy the line that begins with “444555…” and paste that entire line onto the end of the 3s, making sure that you leave no spaces in between them in the URL box. Once it’s pasted in, you can hit enter and finally get to see the long-awaited page. Several readers had trouble with a site mentioned last week, even though the URL is accurate: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=teamexpansiononl&path=ts/browse-books/12290 If you were one of the unlucky ones, try again, using the approach mentioned above. But if you still have trouble, just go to Amazon.com and search for their new Christian bookstore. Remember, the long version automatically helps Team Expansion if you buy . . . but the price of the book doesn’t rise an inch over what Amazon.com would normally charge. (See the next item for more about that.)
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    CONFLICTS OVER CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

    Two people wrote in to caution me about reviewing products or directing people to sites related to the mission organization with which I work (Team Expansion). So… I pledge to be very cautious when there is ever any kind of possible benefit for the mission with which I work — and I’ll be open and forthright about it when and if future situations arise. Thanks for the feedback to keep me honest.
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    TRY THE CUBE AGAIN

    lighting the way If you had trouble clicking on the URL for the Evangecube (“NEW TOOL FOR PRESENTING THE GOSPEL: EVANGE-CUBE” last week), try adding the “//” that I neglected: http://www.evangecube.org. (How do you spell “egg on my face?” :-) )
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    SPEAKING OF CHRISTIAN BOOKS…

    books One Brigada participant wrote in to say, “Good to hear about Amazon.com developing a Christian site. But Brigada readers should also know about CBD — Christian Book Distributors — as well. For years, CBD has been serving Christians and really caring about our “market” ! During those years when most Christian bookstores were pricing things at “retail” (or above), CBD was providing true discount prices. If you haven’t gotten one of their catalogs, call (in the USA) 978-977-5000 or check their website at http://www.christianbook.com. (note there is no “s” after christianbook). There are other websites with VERY similar addresses, but CBD is the real thing!” Thanks Claudia & Stayton!
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    OVERSEAS INTERNET GROWTH SOARS

    WebWatch Although it was invented in the USA, the Internet is rapidly becoming a global entity. International Data Corp. (IDC) has now predicted that before 2003 nearly one half of all Internet spending will be from outside USA borders. IDC estimates that 60% of the online population will live outside the USA by the end of 1999. Western Europe is the fastest growing market segment, with an astonishing annual growth rate of 138%. (Infoworld, Sept.6, 1999)
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    CATCH THE KOSOVO PRAYER-SITE AT…

    praying hands What an unforgettable visit: http://www.ozemail.com.au/~sjhop/pe-intro.htm.. to pray for Kosovo and other global needs.

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    PROTECT YOUR MODEM

    … from high-voltage telephone jacks. Check out: http://www.macbuy.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MacBuy.woa/wo/hu5000MO300nq600Qq11/4.0.9.3.0.13.1.3.23.0.6

    The Modem Saver Plus tests phone jacks for compatibility with modems and notebooks. It also acts as a guard against power surges. Lists for just $99. Rod says we need it. He wouldn’t lie. :-)

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    NEED MISSIONS TRAINING?

    The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) can help! Write GeorgeSchultzJratcompuservedotcom  (GeorgeSchultzJratcompuservedotcom)   for more information. The CIT was founded as an east coast regional training partnership of interested mission agencies, local churches, and other training organizations mutually committed to equipping effective cross- cultural workers. The member organizations have joined together in the development and delivery of non-formal missionary training useful to the needs of each organization, in order to enhance the quality of training and reduce duplication of training programs and associated costs. Check it out!
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    WEBWATCH – WHOA – CHECK OUT EVERYPEOPLE.NET

    WebWatch Whoa! I just noticed http://gpd.everypeople.net. Wow. blinking1eyes Nicely done and very functional. From this page you can check out seemingly every possible entry that Global Prayer Digest has ever produced, with the permission of the Frontier Fellowship, I might add. Plus . . . what’s more, they even have a link to Brigada! :-) Thanks to Mike and all the guys at everypeople.net for raising the bar just a little bit higher! Great work!
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    TRYING TO GET A BRIGADA PUBLICATION AT XC.ORG?

    Brigada Logo Sorry. You’ll probably end up with a frustrated inbox. Instead, jump over to the web at: http://www.brigada.org Everything is backed up there… even the archived documents. Plus, our unflappable volunteer (who has been with us through thick-and-thin, since nearly the very first month in 1995!!!) is churning through back web pages to update all the text to reflect present realities. In case you find something from an earlier era, remember you can no longer write to <hubatxcdotorg> email to HUB for anything in Brigada-Today.
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    DYNAMIC EQUIPING OF THE CHURCH

    graduation cap Veritas College offers Integrated Leadership Development teaching using a self-study Interpretation of the Bible. The course is not run from a building. It is affordable, costing only $40/year. According to the organizers, it was successfully field tested in Romania with a result of 17 churches being planted. It’s based on semantic discourse analysis and the sections used for exegesis were designed by the editor of the Greek Lexicon of the New Testament. It is currently operating in 10 countries, some being majority world. The curriculum has been translated into 6 languages. For more information, see http://www.veritascollege.com or e-mail nicoeatumfolozidotntechdotacdotza  (nicoeatumfolozidotntechdotacdotza)  .
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    USE YOUR MEDIA SKILLS!

    Recognizing that the skills of media professionals can help missionaries produce dynamic media materials to reach the two-thirds world for Christ, a new networking ministry was founded. MediaPOST serves to qualify and match skilled individuals with short-term overseas service opportunities. Visit http://www.mediapost.org today for a listing of 18 opportunities in television, radio and graphics. A Symposium on Media Mission opportunities will be held in Nashville the last week of January. Information will be posted on the web site and you can also sign up for a e-newsletter online! If you lack the web and want more info, write Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom  (Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom)  .
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    A REPRINTED RESOURCE FOR TENTMAKERS

    Worldwide Evangelization for Christ, http://www.hwcn.org/link/wec/index.html , has just reprinted Avoiding the Tentmaker Trap. It is a book written by a WEC tentmaker and deals with tentmakers’ problems faced before, during and after their careers. Though not an academic work, TV Thomas wrote of the first edition: “I wish I would have read the book before I prepared and presented my paper at Strategy ’97 in Calgary.” Price (postpaid) is CAD$15.00 to Canadian addresses, US$11.00 to US addresses. To order email WEC at af126athwcndotorg  (af126athwcndotorg)  .
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    ALL THE TURKISH RESOURCES FIT TO PRINT

    … and listen to and view and just about everything else! That’s what Ken has compiled! Wow… blinking1eyes What a great resource. If you’d like a listing of videos, books, tracts, and booklets in Turkish, just send an email message to: turkish-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (turkish-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   Thanks again Ken!
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    MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE AROUND THE CORNER

    syringe It’s a rising star on the horizon of medical missions . . . and it’s coming to a city near you. The 1999 Medical Missions Conference will be held Nov. 12-13 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. For full information, see their website at http://www.medicalmissions.com. You can also request information by emailing medmissionsconfatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (medmissionsconfatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   But their website is prettier. :-)
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    NEED MORE HARD-DRIVE SPACE, OR TO EXCHANGE FILES?

    computer Look no further than: http://www.xdrive.com/cgi-bin/signuptoc.cgi?referee=15583 to sign up for free hard-drive space on the Internet with X-Drive. Jon says it’s a great deal!
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    PATTERN-MATCHING

    At Team Expansion, we had always resisted writing “policies.” Thankfully, we still resist writing policies. But we’re starting to see some patterns . . . some trends that are reoccurring time and time again. You know the type. Missionaries who start out working on language learning seem to adapt more effectively than those who don’t. Those who settle in with translators for the long haul seem to never make time to learn to speak effectively. And so on. So we’re looking for these patterns and we’re starting to make some recommendations and, after nearly 20 years of being in business, it’s about time! If we haven’t learned something after 20 years, then we’d have to be nuts! So does that mean we have more structure? Well, it depends on how you look at it. Yes… in that we’re asking new missionaries to start out in the field with language first before anything else. But at the same time, when it comes to shaping a strategy that works, we still rely heavily on the team in the field to set the stage. We help them by providing input through visits by consultants, or “coaches” (probably Frontiers coined that term in the missions world, don’t you think?). And we even get together our team leaders for a regular “summit” in one key location every 18 months. (Probably Frontiers invented that concept too.) But we still resist a highly structured approach, preferring instead to keep things relatively “flat.”

    How ’bout you and your mission agency or church? What kinds of shifts or patterns are you seeing out there on the shifting sands of organizational culture? If you’ve got an opinion, send it to brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)   (you might have to join first by sending a note to brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  ). We’ll review the responses in a future issue. Thanks!

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    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
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    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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    19990829 Brigada Today

    Now with 9337 participants!
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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    THE MOST PROLIFIC IN POINTS OF PRESENCE

    The word on the street is that IBM has the most points of presence around the world, in the most countries… http://www.ibm.net. . . check it out. Let us know if you hear otherwise.
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    AMAZON.COM OPENS CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE

    books It was only a matter of time. With an inventory as large as the planet Mars itself, we knew it wouldn’t be long. So now they’ve done it. Amazon.com has opened a Christian site to feature Christian books, Bibles, music, videos, electronic cards, and toys and games. The Store will help shoppers find and discover tens of thousands of Christian products, all in a searchable and easy-to-navigate dedicated Christian environment. You’ll find the latest from folks like Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, dc Talk, and many others. There are tons of videos, toys, and just about every book in the world! You can go there directly by seaming together this URL. Note that it’ll be on two lines, so you’ll have to cut and paste it together in your browser’s URL address box: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=teamexpansiononl&path=ts/browse-books/12290

    Truth in advertising disclaimer: If you decide to buy anything at the above store, it won’t cost you a penny more, but Brigada will receive a small thank-you gift from Amazon.com. I guess it’s a way to support Brigada without actually having to pay any subscription costs. Check it out!

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    YOU CAN STILL GET THE GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST

    The electronic “online” version of the Global Prayer Digest premiered just one month after Brigada Today (i.e., around Feb. 15, 1995). You can still get it today! Just send a note to brigada-pubs-globalprayerdiges-subscribeatXCdotOrg  (brigada-pubs-globalprayerdiges-subscribeatXCdotOrg)  . Remember there’s no “t” in digest!
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    KAIROS MOMENT: ISFM ’99

    Are you ready for 2000? Get prepared by attending ISFM: “Issues for the Future of Frontier Missions in the New Millennium,” this Sept. 18-20 in Virginia Beach, VA. Join in for dynamic discussion, prayer and presentations by Dr. Ralph Winter, Boyd Morris, Dr. Rick Love, Dr. Nancy Huff, Carol Davis, Dr. Bob Blinco, Dr. Thom Wolf and Joe Souzzo. Contact Amy AimBarstadataoldotcom  (AimBarstadataoldotcom)   for info.
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    NEW TOOL FOR PRESENTING THE GOSPEL: EVANGE-CUBE

    Global Missions Fellowship, has developed a new tool to help people share the gospel in every country of the world. Evange-Cube is a rubix-cube like object in size. The cube is designed to unfold 8 times, each fold revealing a new picture. With each picture the facts of the gospel are revealed. The cube is very simple to use and creates its own opportunities to share the gospel. Because it is ‘visual’ and so unique, it attracts incredible attention. The cube comes with an ‘instruction page’ which guides you through a dialogue and key Scriptures to use ‘as you unfold the answer to life’s greatest puzzle’. The Evange-Cube can be viewed at http://www.evangecube.org. Global Missions Fellowship can be contacted at 1-800-5-I-CAN-GO in the USA or 972-783-7476, or at nathandotsheetsatgmfdotorg  (nathandotsheetsatgmfdotorg)  . Cubes are $5.95 plus shipping and handling. Churches, mission agencies, youth groups, children’s ministries, Bible schools, outreach groups, etc. can make effective use of this easy to use evangelism tool. Don’t miss this cutting-edge unique tool for personal evangelism. It looks pretty cool, I’ll have to admit!
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    MISSION FRONTIERS WEBSITE REACHES FOR NEW HEIGHTS

    WebWatch Can it be? Is it possible? Yes, it’s true! Mission Frontiers Magazine has soared into a whole new dimension with the latest addition to their web site called “MF News Central” They’ve put together a huge collection of Mission and Christian news, US & World News as well as research links for studying unreached peoples. You can check it out at http://www.missionfrontiers.org/. If you are preparing for a prayer journey in October be sure to check out the global weather reports, travel advisories, prayer resources and people profiles and more. They are continually working to improve this wonderful collection so feel free to pass on your suggestions for the best news and research sites to Rick at rickwmfataoldotcom  (rickwmfataoldotcom)  .
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    DYING TO LIVE: THE 21ST CENTURY CHURCH

    book There’s a new book out there, Dying to Live, that, according to some, paints a very accurate picture of the driving forces and opportunities for mission in the 21st century. Future technologies will open a world never reached before. Spiritual leaders everywhere are moving fast to fill the vacuum. Read the reviews of this important book by Thomas Hohstadt at Amazon.com, or click on the link below to go immediately to the book’s web page. Obtain additional information through Hohstadtatcaprokdotnet  (Hohstadtatcaprokdotnet)  . Note that the URL below will probably be “wrapped” on your email screen. You’ll have to cut and paste it in two halves and reconstruct it in the URL box of your browser: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0967294401/o/qid=935075065/sr=8-1/002-6794464-2867069
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    “YAFVS” (YET ANOTHER FREE VOICEMAIL SITE)

    [Ho-hum.] Well, there’s [yawn] yawning face yet another site giving away free voicemail. [sigh] :-) I’m joshing of course. It’s great that sites like uReach (mentioned last week) are offering toll-free voicemail. It makes onebox (see them on the web at http://www.onebox.com ) look cheap! But I guess if you happen to live in one of the few places where onebox has a local access number, then the onebox approach is sound, because all your friends would have a local number to call to leave you messages — and there’s no half-hour per month limit to your voicemails. So, it’s one to keep tabs on. Keep watching . . . and if you live in California, it’s worth checking out today. They’ve got lots of locations there.
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    TRAINING FOR TENTMAKERS

    Global Opportunities in Pasadena, CA will be conducting “Light to the Nations” — a 4 and a half-day training class for tentmakers on October 13-17, 1999. The course is designed both for those who are planning on going as tentmakers and for those who are considering tentmaking. It will enable you to understand tentmaking and help equip you to be an effective tentmaker. The course will be built around plenary teaching, discussion, tentmaker stories, small group interaction, intensive Bible study, and prayer. Subjects will include Workplace Evangelism in hostile countries, Leading Evangelistic Bible Studies, Church Planting, The International Job Market, Team Relationships, and more. The cost is only $100 for singles and $150 for couples. (After Sept 24, add $15). Housing and meals are available on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Missions at a special group rate price. For more info. or a registration form write globaloppsatcompuservedotcom  (globaloppsatcompuservedotcom)  , or browse http://www.globalopps.org or call +1(626)398-2393.
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    INDIGENOUS MUSIC AND THE ARTS, READY TO DOWNLOAD

    musical notes Are you interested in how to foster indigenous music and the arts in your host culture? Check out Grace’s article by sending a message to: indigenousmusicatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (indigenousmusicatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   The article will be sent to your inbox automatically. . . about two pages worth. She’s writing on behalf of the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus. You’re amazing, Grace!
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    SO HOW DO WE DO QUAKE COUNSELING?

    On Wednesday, I’ll be attending a planning meeting on how to respond to the needs of earthquake victims in Turkey. What do we do? Long term expatriate residents ministering in the Turkey quake zone see king-sized opportunities. Fear of dying in a quake is a pervasive mood among Turks. Some say God is opening a door for believers to bring to Turks truly good news in the form of how to cope with fear. Help is needed on two strategic rapid responses.
    First, some are wanting to find or create an illustrated booklet to translate and hand out to kids and adults who have been living in fear for weeks. It would study the nature of fear, how to cope, maybe with some Scripture and some Christian perspective, but not overtly evangelistic. So… has anyone done something like this? Are there any illustrators and counselors that can quickly produce it? Perhaps there’s a secular book that could be revised?
    Second, can field workers hook up with a Christian counselor experienced in teaching people to cope with fear? Better yet, on equipper who can teach others to teach people to cope.
    Obviously, the need is current — we must move quickly. Booklets or other coping resource could be well received by huge numbers, but obviously, the window of opportunity is limited. If you have ideas, contact Bernie the-fellowshipatinamedotcom  (the-fellowshipatinamedotcom)  , and please, if you don’t mind, copy Tim at TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg  (TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg)  . Bernie will prepare a compiled report on options for us to post here. Thanks Bernie!
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    THANKS FROM A RESEARCHER ON AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONS

    A researcher who has received responses from over 100 African American cross cultural missionaries as to the reasons for so few African Americans in cross cultural missions thanks Brigada readers who helped him back in late 1996, and has made available a summary of his dissertation research to Brigada readers at: http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org/private.htm (He is still planning to publish the information, which is why it is “private.”) For those without Web access, write to Jim at jimsatveidotnet  (jimsatveidotnet)   for an email copy of the research summary, without charts. Other papers regarding African American missions are available via Word 97 email attachments (only). He can be reached at (423)822-1091 in the USA. He requests help for ongoing research at http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org/research. For those wanting a copy of the entire dissertation, go to http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations/main and enter # 9826892 for ordering information and/or to download the first 25 pages for free. Mission organizations specifically seeking African Americans for cross- cultural ministry are invited to be listed and linked to at his website by giving information at http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org/missionslist.htm Thanks, Jim, for remembering us here at Brigada!
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    WHAT’S NEXT AFTER AD2000

    ad2ksm So, have you wondered what will become of AD2000 & Beyond after Ad2000? :-) So have a lot of other people. Well Brigada Today has recently learned about an executive pow-wow in Copper Canyon, Texas to discuss exactly that. There, representatives from several groups gathered to pray and brainstorm. There were folks from the AD2000 and Beyond Movement, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, and even the World Evangelical Fellowship. The outcome? An international committee and a Facilitation Group poised to come up with a developmental plan over the coming months. Let’s pray that God will guide them as they try to scope out “next steps” after AD2000. We’re glad they’re thinking those through!
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    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19990822 Brigada Today

    Now with 9305 participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    SCOREBOARD ON REACHING THE LEAST REACHED

    Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan Scribner, of AD2000 & Beyond’s International Office just sent us a summary of how the Joshua Project 2000 campaign is going. As you might recall, it was announced in November/December, 1995. Remember too that the criteria for being on the list are that the population be greater than 10,000 in a given country, and that the people group should be ethno-linguistically distinct, less than two (2) percent Evangelical and less than five (5) percent Christian adherents. According to Dan, eighteen months ago the Joshua Project 2000 list included 1510 active groups. Today the list has 1596 groups. In the last 18 months, 253 groups have been added to the active list because they fit the above criteria. During the same period, 167 groups were removed from the active list because either new data showed the group was incorrectly on the list to begin with or because progress of the Gospel moved the group above the criteria.
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    3700 CHANGES TO THE JP2000 LIST IN 18 MONTHS!

    Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan went on to add that, during the last 18 months, over 3,700 changes or edits have been made to the Joshua Project list. This includes changes such as updates to people name, population figures, percent Evangelical and Adherents, Bible translation status, etc. During this same period nearly 15,000 new pieces of ministry-related information have been reported to AD2000 & Beyond bringing the total number of records of work-among related data to well over 40,000. Three milestones are tracked for each people group on the active Joshua Project 2000 list:

    1. Targeted – is there a specific commitment to begin church planting among this group by Dec 31, 2000?
    2. Church Planting team – is there an on-site church planting team among this people?
    3. Fellowship of 100 – is there a fellowship of at least 100 indigenous believers among this people?

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    COMPARING THE JP2000 LIST TO 18 MONTHS AGO

    Joshua Project 2000 logo One of the most significant advancements in the Joshua Project 2000 list can be seen when comparing the percentages for these three milestones from 18 months ago with today.

    18 Months Ago Today
    Reported Fellowship of 100 4% 30%
    On-site Church Planting Team 43% 65%
    Targeted for future Church Planting 77% 88%

    According to the data reported to AD2000, today only 12 percent of the Joshua Project 2000 list remain untargeted. If you’d like a copy of the list of 194 untargeted groups on the Joshua Project list, send a message to untargetedatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (untargetedatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . A copy will be sent to you automatically.

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    SO IS YOUR GRAD DEGREE HELPFUL?

    graduation capThat’s what Phillip HuberPhilataoldotcom  (HuberPhilataoldotcom)   would like to know. He’s Managing Editor of World Christian and Tomorrow’s Christian Graduate magazines and, for the latter, he’s putting together an issue on the importance of grad school for tomorrow’s missionaries. If you’ve got a graduate degree and would like to comment, you can either

    1. write to Brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (Brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   then send your comment to Brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (Brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)   or alternatively, just
    2. write your response directly to Phillip at the address above.

    If he had his wish come true, he’d hear your name, mission, type of work, country (if not sensitive), grad school/seminary attended, program, why you chose the program, why graduate-level education is important and how your education has helped your ministry. Who knows — you might be quoted in one of his magazines! :-)

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    INT’L CALLING PLAN COULD PAY YOUR WAY TO LONDON

    telephone This just in from a guy who says he’s going to sponsor Brigada in the very near future. Remember the guy who offers the luxury Bed and Breakfast on his Colorado ranch practically free to missionaries (and which still has openings in Fall and Winter, by the way)? Well an unusual opportunity has spun out of his successful creative-access “Kingdom Business” platform. Now, for missionaries and/or others traveling through international airports and other tourist areas, particularly Europe, Taylored Communications, Int’l, will provide, at no cost, a means to strategically place international calling info as you travel. A “casual” minor effort creates a calling opportunity for others and medium term residual income off calls generated. The “Beta Test Missionary” paid for his trip to London for 15 minutes effort. Calls came in for three months. If you’re not a missionary, the company will be happy to send the income to Brigada or some other missions project. For more information, write garyatoperatorservicesdotcom  (garyatoperatorservicesdotcom)  .
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    WEBWATCH: TAKE AIM ON AIMS

    WebWatch Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) recently launched an updated website which outlines the details and results of last year’s ministry reorganization. The site features information about AIMS’ people group adoption program, as well as its alliances, seminars and products. It also features information about the newly organized Alliance For Missions Advancement (AFMA) and other ministry outreaches. The site can be accessed at http://www.aims.org.
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    NEED A BATTERY? CHECK THIS LIST OF SITES

    Thanks to Dennis who referred us to TidBITS, a newsletter which featured a recent article by Adam Engst that contained 3 great sources for replacement rechargeable batteries for your gizmos and gadgets:
    http://www.batterybarn.com/
    http://www.mjmelectronic.com/
    http://westcobattery.com/
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    CAN’T BEAT THIS PRICE ON THESE OUTLINERS/WORD PROCESSORS

    pencil writing on paper How does free sound? Symantec has apparently released its “MORE 3.1” outliner, David Dunham has freed Acta (another popular outliner), Nisus has released its flagship Nisus Writer word processor, and even Corel has gotten into the act by releasing WordPerfect 3.5. Note that these might be only the MAC versions, but hey… those folks need software too. :-) Check it out.

    http://www.outliners.com/more31.html
    http://a-sharp.com/acta/
    http://www.nisus-soft.com/news/pr/980925.asp
    http://www.corel.com/products/macintosh/wpmac35/pack_freedownload.htm

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    UNIQUE CHRISTIAN GIFT SERVICE

    Is it frustrating being away from family and friends, especially when they are going through a difficult time? Check out Plant’N Prayers, a unique Christian gift service that can help American missionaries and other Christians working abroad. Missionaries receive a special discount off the already pleasing prices. Inquiries and orders can be placed through e-mail orderatplantnprayersdotcom  (orderatplantnprayersdotcom)   or through the website located at http://www.plantnprayers.com.

    bow tied to finger(Remember that although Brigada recommends that you never send your credit card through unencrypted email, secure web servers are just fine.) They ship to other countries, but note that all the scripture prayers are in English.

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    ANOTHER OPTION FOR THOSE WANTING INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS

    MAF logo Brigada participant Brian kicked in one last for international email travelers: that MAF can set you up with an email-only account that you can access from virtually any country in the world without having to dial internationally. It uses the EQUANT network (the one the travel agencies and Airline companies use). So just about any country with an international airline will have a local number (at least in the capitol city). From interior it will probably take a Long Distance call to the capitol, but from there it is a flat rate of (last time I checked) $0.75 per minute (not that expensive when you consider the alternative of dialing internationally!) Again, as Brian reminded, this is for email only, but really, most of the time, that’s the most significant need when traveling anyway. For more information, contact HelpDeskatmafdotorg  (HelpDeskatmafdotorg)  . Great tip, Brian! Thanks!
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE: PYRAMID MARKETING

    world globe… in a manner of speaking, anyway. You see, Egypt appears around 700 times in the Bible. Today, the Bible is appearing with increasing frequency in Egypt,” writes the German Bible League, which distributes Bibles in Egypt, among other places, and trains local Christians. “In Egypt, it is illegal for more than 5 people to meet in a house, but over the last year, 36,000 people met in 1,267 Bible groups. In 1998 alone, 71 house churches were started by local Christians working with the Bible League.
    (Source: German Bible League, fax (+49)-791-857035 e-mail BibelLigadotDatt-onlinedotde  (BibelLigadotDatt-onlinedotde)   via DAWN Friday Fax 8/27/98 http://www.cmd.org.nz/ffaxnu.html )
    (Global Glimpse is compiled occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)
    (DISCLAIMER: By the way, the dumb joke about “pyramid marketing” wasn’t John’s idea.)
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    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19990815 Brigada Today

    Now with 9280 participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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    CATCH THE WAVE AT THE LINKS PAGE

    Brigada Logo Hey – You’ve got to stop by the “links” page at http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/Links ! Get a load of the way the folders have helped organize the pages. We’ve begun to organize pointers for Education, Missions, News, Shopping, and Travel… with more categories and sub-categories on the way. Little by little, we’re trying to transfer all the links from the “root listing” into the hierarchical format. It’s going to take a while!!! Want to help? Check out the setup, then jump in and help us reorganize! We could use a hand! Also, please help us add sites that would be useful for the whole Brigada family!
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    THIS YOU GOTTA’ SEE! – UREACH.COM

    WebWatch I’m thinking that Jon just might get the “Find of the Year” award!!! This Ureach.com stuff is GREAT! He referred us to http://www.ureach.com and … trust me… this is one site you’ll want to visit! If you’re overseas without a web connection, you might want your forwarding agent or friend to set you up. Here’s the way it works. UReach.com gives you your own personal 800 number, then proceeds to set up access to your own personal email address (yournameatureachdotcom), voicemail (toll-free in the USA), faxes (also toll-free), address book, and calendar from the phone or web. Jon even found an MSNBC.com review so you’d know it’s legitimate… at http://www.msnbc.com/news/269291.asp. And guess what else: You can set it up so it automatically forwards faxes, for instance. So here’s the way you could work it. Get eFax (at www.efax.com) and set up eFax on your computer. Then get uReach and set up faxing to forward all faxes to your eFax number. Now you have a fax number (that’s toll-free to anyone in the USA) which automatically forwards your faxes to eFax which then automatically converts them to compressed graphics and emails them to your email inbox wherever you are in the world! You click on the attached file and the eFax viewer lets you see them and print them and… shazam! You’ve got free faxing . . . all in exchange for glancing at a few ads! :-) What’s more, you can then forward the fax (via uReach) to other fax numbers if someone else needs to see it! All for free! And think about the voicemail possibilities! Say you’ve got web access, but you’re in the Balkans or wherever. Your Mom can call a toll-free voicemail number (as long as she doesn’t talk over 30 minutes per month! :-) ), leave you a message, which you will then listen to over the uReach web site for pennies per minute… or less. No more of this $1/minute+ calling and getting an answering machine stuff, just to leave a message. I love it!!! So — Jon — thanks for being on the prowl!
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    YOU’VE GOT MAIL: ELETTER !

    letter and ligntening bolt Here’s another great deal! (Two in one issue! Can you believe it??? :-) ) Every-once-in-awhile we get an inquiring Brigada participant who wants to know if there’s any affordable way to send an email from overseas that gets mailed as a letter in the USA. We’ve talked about some possible solutions. Over the years, we’ve looked at a couple of solutions, including CompuServe’s service (which was like . . . $1/page or whatever). Well now there’s eLetter! Just visit www.eletter.com and check it out. You upload the file via your browser, specify the address(es), and bingo — your letter is sent automatically! What’s more, you can upload a mailing list and have eLetter send out your monthly or quarterly report! There’s a small fee… about 25 cents per letter plus normal postage fees. But it’s very reasonable, considering they’re providing paper, envelope, printing costs, folding, stuffing, and postage/handling. They let you try a free sample (to mail a letter to yourself). Check it out! You’ll love it!
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    WE GET SUPPORT FROM…

    Brigada Logo This week, we got support from Richard at RMJ Services, Inc, tel. 734-941-8120, fax 734-941-8127, email rmjservicesatjunodotcom  (rmjservicesatjunodotcom)  . RMJ handles trucking and ocean freight to send missionary goods, Bibles, literature, and relief goods wherever you want it to go. RMJ can ship from ports like Baltimore, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Seattle and even LA. PLUS, you’ll get full risk insurance from Lloyds of London and fully licensed customs clearance. If you need airfreight, ocean carriage, or trucking, please try RMJ and don’t forget to thank them for their support of Brigada!
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    HERE’S A GREAT DEAL FOR INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

    Okay… so let’s say you’re tired of getting busy signals or slow throughput from your current Internet Service Provider. If you live in the USA, here’s an offer you’ll like! Call Mindspring at 1-888-MSPRING anytime between now and September 30, 1999 and sign-up for a new MindSpring account. They’ve got great customer support, fast throughput, and points of presence (POPs) all over the USA in just about every city imaginable — plus cheap toll-free access for rural areas too! And they’re hooked up with a service that lets you do “global roaming” called GRIC so… just about wherever you go in the world, Netcom is there! To get this special deal you need to say “I’d be happier using MindSpring” to the sales representative. Get this! They’ll credit your account with $60 — $10 credit per month for the first 6 months! That means for six months, you’ll get unlimited Internet connectivity for $10/month!!! Yahooo! Yahoo Even if you drop out at the end of the 6th month, you’ll still have gotten the very best deal in town! Mindspring has one of the top rankings for log-on rates and they’re very dependable now that they’ve converted their entire system to new software. Besides… for $10/month, how can you lose! That’s the same price you have to pay CompuServe for just 3 hours per month!
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    CORRECTION ON ENGEL SCALE

    lighting the way Last week’s item 7 on the Engel Scale should have been this URL instead of the one given: http://www.revivalnet.net/churches/lwcf/evang.htm

    Sorry… but the version with the typo was the one provided to us! This URL is correct though. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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    CAMBODIAN CONFERENCE YIELDS MEDIA PROMISE!

    The Media Potentials in Cambodia Consultation was held in Phnom Penh Aug 5-6th. 18 representatives of mission organizations working in Cambodia attended. Very important was the molding of a long-term cooperation effort on the part of two main evangelical denominations in regional media production. The schedule calls for immediate production of original Khmer songs and karaoke music videos for video compact disk (VCD) distribution. VCDs reflect a leap in technology over VHS cassette as a medium for entertainment and education in war-torn Cambodia. Plans are to establish an automatic dialogue replacement studio (ADR) by the end of 1999. For more information, contact the project consultant, Dan, at Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom  (Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom)  .
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    CHILDREN OF WAR – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

    praying hands The Children of War – International Day of Prayer is a movement of God’s people on the behalf of the millions of children throughout the world who face the everyday terror of armed conflicts. Prayer warriors throughout the world will intercede through fasting and prayer, calling upon God to one way or other rescue these children from the depths of despair. The date set for the Symphony of Prayer is Saturday, November 20th, 1999. For further information contact Raymond (CEO of “Mission Twenty Eight Nineteen”) at Eaglesoratgtedotnet  (Eaglesoratgtedotnet)   or browse http://www.geocities.com/Augusta/Fairway/6458/index.html
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    IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    19990808 Brigada Today

    Now with 9259 participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    In this issue….

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

    Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today . (Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY)
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    UNREACHED PEOPLES RESEARCH UPDATE

    Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan Scribner from AD2000 & Beyond’s International Office in Colorado just sent another update on people groups listed in the Joshua Project 2000 database. Dan reported that there are now 1596 people groups on the active JP list, with 1118 having no Church of 100 reported. In fact, 550 peoples have no reported on-site Church Planting team. But the good part is that only 194 remain as “untargeted or “unclaimed.” So the good news is that there have literally been thousands of linkages formed in the short time that the Joshua Project 2000 list has been around. Many of those linkages were no doubt already in process prior to 1995 (when the JP2000 list was first presented by AD2000), but there were few ways to learn about them. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement concept has promoted the concept of synergy, i.e., getting the body to work together on the remaining task. So how do you spell success? If you truly want a “church for every people” by the end of the year 2000, then we would need to see new churches of 100 or more worshipping believers among those last 1118 people groups. If, on the other hand, one defines success as that a church-planting team is laboring among the group, only 550 more teams are needed. And finally, if one were to hold that success is equal to gaining a commitment from some agency or church that there is an intention to eventually place a church-planting team among a particular group, only 194 groups remain. Take your pick. Many have concluded that the latter goal is within our sphere of influence — it’s something we can change. The “team on-site” goal is a bit tougher, because it requires tons of trained personnel, but it’s still within our reach. The “100 worshipping believers” thing is largely up to God himself. Unfortunately, we can’t effect that kind of change without the cooperation of the Spirit, tons of willing listeners, and lots of unique opportunities. Only God can move in that way… and fortunately, among many people groups around the globe, that’s exactly what He seems to be doing!
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    THE ANTIOCH NETWORK ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES

    This year’s Antioch Gathering focuses on nuts-and-bolts “how to” steps for churches to meaningfully engage an unreached people group. Speakers include George Miley, President of Antioch Network, Larry Stockstill, Senior Pastor of Bethany World Prayer Center, Les Beauchamp, Senior Pastor of Trinity Church, and Fred Markert of YWAM. A wide array of workshops support the plenary sessions. The Gathering will be held at the beautiful Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, AZ, (Phoenix area) August 25-28. It’s not too late to decide to attend. Telephone 602-589-7777 or write gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg  (gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg)  . Or register online at their website at http://www.antiochnetwork.org. Registration is $150/person. Resort accommodation $79/night. For housing, contact the resort directly by calling (from the USA) 800-547-8705.
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    FAXES FOR FREE

    fax machine Now you can send and receive faxes for free! From anywhere in the world to the U.S., and within the U.S. all faxes are free. Sending outside the U.S., there is a small fee. Free Fax numbers available. Free Fax blasting for non-profits too. The site is http://www.fax4free.com. This is a great deal for our overseas missionaries to fax back to the U.S. Obviously, you must have web access. Thanks Rich!
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    VOICEMAIL IN YOUR INBOX

    telephone Rich is coming up with a way to give away voicemail, delivered to your inbox wherever you are in the world. I think this thing has possibilities. He’s using Real Audio via e-mail. Voicemail numbers provided for free. According to Rich, more areas codes are coming this fall, but for now, only the (718) area code is available. So most of your callers would have to dial a toll number to leave you a voice mail. But this has potential, especially for those who aren’t computer users who want to get you a quick message overseas. For more information, check out http://www.messageclick.com or write Rich RichatNiccollsdotorg  (RichatNiccollsdotorg)  .
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    FREE INTERNET ACCESS OFFERED BY ALTAVISTA

    computer In a move to fortify its existing customer base and attract new users by offering direct dial-up Web links, AltaVista http://www.altavista.com is offering free Internet access to those in the USA. It’s already the Web’s 10th-most visited destination and I have a feeling it’s about to solidify its place! (Thanks for the tip, Herb!)
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    ENGEL SCALE ONLINE

    Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)   has been looking high and low for info. on the Engel Scale. The best he has found so far is at http://www.revivalnet.net/churches/lwcf/evang.htm If you know of other good sites, drop him a note. Thanks Tony!
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    WEB-WATCH: WORLD CHRISTIANS IN 2 LANGUAGES

    WebWatch Check out http://www.worldchristians.org where you’ll find DCI’s free 85-lesson university accredited Bible/missions training course, missions news updated daily, and a live support line. The developers are seeking suggestions for additions and improvements. Write lesnormanatcompuservedotcom  (lesnormanatcompuservedotcom)   to ask questions or give input. This site has some potential!
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    WEB-WATCH: MISSIONS TRAINING SITE

    WebWatch Thanks to Tony who pointed out http://www.aguaviva.com/manual.htm which at first glance seems to offer some good missions training help online!

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    SAY HELLO TO IBOOK – THE IMAC TO GO

    Apple Logo Okay… so here’s my nod to the devoted MAC users I’ve always snubbed. :-) Geoff just filled me in on the iBook, Apple’s new notebook computer. According to Geoff, the iBook is just the thing for missionaries looking for power. It’s made of polycarbonate (the same material they make bullet proof vests out of) and a tough rubber surrounding the edges. Inside is a 300Mhz Power PC Processor (up to twice as fast as a pentium II), 32MB RAM, 3.2GB Hard Drive, a 24xCD ROM, a 12.1″ Active screen, 10/100Mbps Ethernet, USB port and a 56k Modem. It comes with all the software you need to connect to the Internet and is priced at US$1599. For more information check out http://www.apple.com/iBook or call 1-800-795-1000 in the US. Now then. I did it. Sigh. I knew I could get it out. :-)
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    SCAM-WATCH: AREA CODE 809?

    not symbol This past week, several Brigada participants have unearthed questions about “area code 809.” Apparently there’s some fear that this will develop into a kind of scam, since area code 809 sounds like a toll-free line but is really the country code for calling the Bahamas! We even ran an item in Brigada Today way back when (October 19, 1996). Trouble is, although warnings are profuse, I have yet to hear of a single Brigada participant who has been bitten by this scam. And I can’t even figure out why anyone would try to pull it off, except as a downright mean practical joke. In other words, how does it help the con artist if you dial a long distance number in the Bahamas. What can the con artist hope to gain? So… after some thought, I’m back to the common conclusion — this 809 scam-watch warning that’s circulating (again) is probably another form of bandwidth-wasting junk mail filling up our inboxes!
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    TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 6

    letter and ligntening bolt Thanks to Jonathan K., who wrote this past week to encourage me to point out that, in several countries, the voltage traveling through those phone lines in your hotel room can be deadly. Gulp. :-) Though I’ve never experienced a problem with directly connecting jumpers to the bare wires of a phone terminal, I suppose we should print some kind of disclaimer encouraging people to first attempt all other courses of action before any kind of bare-wire direct-connect approach. As we’ve recommended in other “tips” items, be sure to try to find a proper plug-to-jack adaptor for your modem cable, so you can avoid the risk. Jon also suggested the possibility of a good acoustic coupler as a contingency. The telephone equipment supply sources we’ve provided have those for sale. An acoustic coupler is a device that literally “hears” the modem noises through the phone and converts them back into electronic data for your modem cable and vice-versa. The devices typically cost a few hundred dollars and permit transfer rates of up to 4800 baud maximum — which is still “okay” for email but would never accommodate browsing the web, of course. Thanks for watching out for everybody’s safety, Jonathan K.! If you’d like a compiled copy of all the “TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS” segments that we’ve shared over these past few weeks, just send a note to email_traveling_tipsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (email%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Etraveling%3C/i%3E%3C/b%3Etipsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and a copy will be sent to your email inbox within minutes (5 pages, 27K).
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